USA star hails 'world's best' Rooney

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USA keeper Tim Howard has hailed Wayne Rooney as the best striker in the world just days before their World Cup showdown in South Africa.

The Everton keeper has plenty of experience facing Rooney, both in competitive situations during their Premier League battles and during his time with Manchester United between 2004 and 2006.

31-year-old Howard believes the American striker force of Edson Buddle and Robert Findley can cause the Three Lions problems on Saturday night, but admits that Rooney is in the world's elite.

"I don't think I ever look forward to facing Wayne Rooney," Howard told

"He is the best striker in the world and has enjoyed a fantastic season. He is a fantastic player, so I'll be very careful what I say!"

Moving back to his own international counterparts, Howard said: "We also have Edson and Robbie who are playing fantastic together, individuallly and collectively, with the way they are linking up. They looked dangerous against Australia and hopefully they will be dangerous for a few more games coming up."

The keeper also had kind words for Rio Ferdinand, the England skipper ruled out of the South Africa showpiece due to a cruel injury suffered in training. He too was a colleague of Howard's during his time at Old Trafford.

"I am devastated for Rio as I am sure most of his team-mates and his friends are. I don't know how it will affect the team, but I am sure they will be fully prepared for the game ahead."

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