Wayne Rooney says USA ‘will try’ in Qatar and could surprise Gareth Southgate’s men

Wayne Rooney says USA ‘will try’ in Qatar and could surprise Gareth Southgate’s men

Wayne Rooney tells England the United will ‘try’ in Qatar and could surprise Gareth Southgate’s men in the World Cup tie – as the DC United manager insists the MLS standard is “significantly higher than the championship”

England football legend and DC United manager Wayne Rooney thinks the United States have a chance to shock England after seeing how the two teams performed in the opening games of the World Cup.

“In the first half against Wales, the United States were excellent. They moved the ball fast, they were aggressive and had a lot of energy in their game,’ Rooney told the United States game against Wales at The Times.

“I think the Americans’ approach here will be similar.”

DC United manager Wayne Rooney thinks USA will make it tough for England at World Cup

DC United manager Wayne Rooney thinks USA will make it tough for England at World Cup

“They will be at the forefront and try to take the game to England and it will be a completely different challenge to what England faced against Iran.” A difficult game.

“England have to be there, from the start of the game, otherwise they could have a shock.”

Rooney then named some of the best players on the American side such as Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah, Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams.

He also mentioned that there are several very good MLS players in the USA team and although it is not at English Premier League level, the increase in quality of the USA National League has played a big role in the way the team plays now. .

“MLS may not be the Premier League, but it’s a much higher level than the Championship.” said Rooney.

“Every team there tries to press high and play and it’s a league where the technical level is improving more and more, where there are a lot of South American players and South American coaches.

USA players celebrate Timothy Weah's goal against Wales in World Cup opener

USA players celebrate Timothy Weah’s goal against Wales in World Cup opener

Rooney celebrates after scoring a goal against Portland Timbers, while playing for DC United

Rooney celebrates after scoring a goal against Portland Timbers, while playing for DC United

“When Gregg Berhalter was there, in charge of Columbus Crew, he had his full-backs inside and the team was trying to get the ball and take the initiative and he does the same with his American team.”

His historic place in the annals of the sport aside, Rooney’s resume makes him more qualified than most to argue that MLS is playing at a higher level than the Championship.

As well as leading in both leagues during his career, Rooney has also graced the pitch with his presence in both leagues.

Rooney watches his team play while managing Derby County in England

Rooney watches his team play while managing Derby County in England

Derby County's Rooney (left) and Birmingham City's Jude Bellingham - now England starter - battle for the ball during a 2020 Championship game

Derby County’s Rooney (left) and Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham – now England starter – battle for the ball during a 2020 Championship game

During his time as a player with DC United, Rooney scored 23 goals in 48 appearances.

He also coached players after arriving at Derby County, where he scored eight goals in 30 appearances, before focusing solely on management.

“Against England you won’t see them sitting around and throwing the ball around for long – they will try, I’m 100 per cent sure, to play good football and take their chances,” Rooney said.

“It might come as a surprise to England if England underestimate them or the quality of their players.”

England players celebrate one of the multiple goals they scored against Iran to open the World Cup with a 6-2 victory

England players celebrate one of the multiple goals they scored against Iran to open the World Cup with a 6-2 victory

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