Rooney: I was poor

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has admitted he was well below par in England’s World Cup qualifying draw against Poland on Wednesday.

Roy Hodgson’s team could only scrape a 1-1 draw in Warsaw after a poor performance and the Old Trafford favourite held up his hands to say he had not contributed as well as he should have, saying he had no problem with him being substituted in the second half.

However, Rooney was the man that gave England the lead in the first half and his acceptance that his performance was under par was followed by a comment about the conditions.

“I know I can play better than that,” the Red Devils striker is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"It was hard work. First half I was making long runs back and then trying to get forward and then went out to the left for the second half and I was a bit tired, so I've no problem with being taken off.

“The pitch wasn't great, it took a lot out of your legs, but I was delighted to score.”

England and Poland were scheduled to meet on Tuesday with the rest of the European qualification section, but torrential rain and the failure to close the stadium roof before kick-off caused it to be postponed until Wednesday afternoon.

Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping Rooney is back to something like the form he was showing before going into the international break, as Manchester United face a defensively stubborn Stoke City side in their next Premier League fixture.

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