Rooney: Capello key to England success

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Wayne Rooney says Fabio Capello will leave "no stone unturned" in his efforts to make England winners of the World Cup next summer.

The Manchester United striker claims the England head coach's attention to detail and confidence-building will stand the team in good stead when they go to South Africa.

Rooney told "If the qualifying phase is anything to go by, the manager and his staff will leave no stone unturned and we, the players, will all know what is expected of us before the first ball is kicked."

England kick off the campaign against the USA on Saturday June 12, just down the road from their training base in Rustenburg. The next two games are against Algeria in Cape Town on June 18 and then the final group game against Slovenia in Port Elizabeth on June 23.

Rooney added: "The team is full of confidence at present and that comes from the belief the manager has instilled in us.

"One of his many strengths is the confidence he gives you as an individual. It will be interesting to see him at work during the tournament, as I said before, his attention to detail is amazing."

Rooney rates the USA as England's main rivals and picked out Everton keeper Tim Howard as a key player.

"I don't think you can take anyone for granted who has reached the World Cup finals and our opening fixture against the USA will be a test," said Rooney.

"They have lots of World Cup finals experience and their players are playing all over the world.

"Tim Howard is a top keeper and has fantastic experience from his time at Manchester United and now with Everton."

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