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Wayne Rooney basketball rejection stuns Raheem Sterling

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Wayne Rooney and the rest of the England squad seem to have put team loyalties to one side ahead of the World Cup.

Manchester United forward Rooney teamed up with Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson in a game of basketball in Miami, facing off against Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling on the court.

The World Cup itself will be a significant tournament for Rooney, and the Red Devils star will be hoping to go deep into the tournament after disappointments in both 2006 and 2010.

And, he appears to be in good spirits as the players relaxed in Florida, with the highlight of this clip an incredible rejection from Rooney as Sterling looked to be making an easy lay-up. It certainly seemed to please international strike partner Daniel Sturridge, with the Anfield goal machine getting rather excited as he adopted the dual role of cameraman and commentator for the incident.

The trip to Miami has certainly had an impact on Sturridge, who during his commentary enjoyed switching between Brummie and American accent! There was no sign of Liverpool 'scouse', however.

This is sure to please Roy Hodgson, who is keen for the players to go and experience the culture of the host nation - although the accent may not be what he had in mind!

England's base in Rio is a contrast to the secluded hotel that was selected by Fabio Capello for their disappointing World Cup campaign four years ago.

Whether this was part of the reason for the Three Lions' under-performing efforts in South Africa is up for debate, but that excuse is not an option this time around.

England begin their campaign against Italy on Saturday night, and Manchester United star Rooney will be hoping the defenders have taken a lesson from his brilliant stop against Liverpool winger Sterling.

Fingers crossed he remembers his boots next time out!

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