Rooney's Euro vision

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Wayne Rooney believes England can start looking ahead to the Euro 2012 finals if they overcome Wales in Tuesday's qualifier at Wembley.

Fabio Capello's side overcame Bulgaria 3-0 in Sofia on Friday night with Rooney netting twice - his first England goals for 12 months. It put them three points clear of Montenegro, who were beaten 2-1 by Wales.

Rooney said: "Wales did us a favour and, if we win on Tuesday, we will more or less have qualified. We've got one foot into the finals with three points on Tuesday. I'm sure we will do that.

"We knew it was a very important game in Bulgaria and that we had to try and silence their crowd and we managed to do that. We controlled the game and played some great counter-attacking football. We took our chances and deserved the three points."

Rooney insists he will be fit for the Wales game amidst fears he had suffered a foot problem.

He said: "It is no problem. I just landed on it in the second half and the physio has looked at it and said it's fine and I'll take part in training on Saturday."

Central defender Gary Cahill marked his first competitive start for England with the opening goal.

The Bolton defender was able to shake off speculation about his future after being linked with moves to Arsenal and Tottenham before the transfer window shut.

He said: "When the window shut it made it easier as I knew where I was staying.

"It is just important now I work hard for Bolton Wanderers and work hard for my country. It was a bit crazy (on transfer deadline day) but, like I say, it is all finished now."

Theo Walcott also impressed for England in one of his most effective performances since his hat-trick against Croatia three years ago.

He said: "It was one of my better England performances, certainly for a long time, certainly since Croatia.

"My form for England has not been the same as my form for Arsenal but hopefully I am starting to get there. I am enjoying my football and I think it shows."

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