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Wayne Rooney won't be a problem for us - Sanchez

Sanchez is looking forward to facing England (©GettyImages)
Sanchez is looking forward to facing England (©GettyImages).

Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez is confident that Chile will be able to thwart Wayne Rooney when they take on England on Friday.

The Three Lions play their penultimate friendly of 2013 against the South Americans at Wembley this week, with Rooney expected to lead the line for the home side.

Sanchez, who is likely to cause England a few headaches along the way, was full of praise for the Manchester United striker, but says his countrymen will be able to deal with him comfortably.

"Rooney has power, he is one of the strongest forwards in the world," said the Barcelona winger.

"It's going to be marvellous to play against him.

"(But) I think we have the defenders that can stop Rooney."

Rooney has been in fine form for Manchester United this season, scoring five goals and teeing up team-mate Robin van Persie to score the winner against title rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Now with domestic action on hold all eyes are on the latest batch of international fixtures, and Sanchez, who joined Barcelona from Udinese in 2011, says his country's game at Wembley is one for the history books.

"That game is historic for Chile," Sanchez said. "It was something amazing what Marcelo did.

"We hope we are able to do that on Friday.

"It would be fantastic to score a goal and to help my team win. Any Chilean player would love to score at Wembley."

The Barcelona star added: "It gives me great pride to face England.

"They are one of the strongest teams in the world. England could easily win the World Cup.

"For me it's a privilege to play against them.

"I believe it's going to be a beautiful game.

"You don't play every day against a strong team like them and for us it's going to be historic."

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