Rooney: England must improve

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Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has acknowledged that England need to perform better at international tournaments after a series of disappointing displays.

Rooney was part of the England set-up which crashed to a painful 4-1 World Cup defeat to Germany in South Africa, and was a key member of the side that lost on penalties to Portugal four years earlier.

But Rooney admitted that the Three Lions were desperate to shine in Ukraine and Poland, and revealed that the players are fully focused on putting on a performance this summer.

Rooney said: "We know as players that we are expected to do better than what we have done in recent years. We understand that playing for England you are there to be shot at. So we need to make sure that we give our all."

The 26-year-old heads to the tournament despite missing the first two group games through suspension, and the United striker hasn't scored for England at an international tournament since his Three Lions breakthrough at Euro 2004.

But Rooney is likely to jump straight back into the team to face Ukraine in England's final group game, and the Old Trafford frontman will be vital to any success for Roy Hodgson's side.

Rooney predicts Group D will pose a tough test for England but promises Hodgson's team will give it their all.

"I think it's important that it comes across that we are trying and we are not just turning up and not trying," said Rooney. "We do try and win and sometimes if it's not good enough then you've got to hold your hands up."

But the United striker has faith his teammates will rise to the challenge. "I think certainly the players have the quality and the new manager coming in, it lifts the players and lifts everyone around the squad," said Rooney.

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