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Rooney eyes Euro goals

Wayne Rooney is hopeful he can carry his scoring touch from the Premier League into England’s upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Rooney scored a hat-trick in Manchester United’s 8-2 trouncing of Arsenal on Sunday, and the 25-year-old striker is looking to re-produce that form for his country.

England play Bulgaria in Sofia on Friday before hosting Wales at Wembley next week.

“It’s always great to be in good form and to be scoring goals and hopefully that form can continue in the next two games,” Rooney said.

“I’m looking forward to getting back playing for England and hoping to do well and hoping to help get us the points we need.”

Rooney also said he was not dwelling on the Arsenal result, believing it important for both he and Gunners winger Theo Walcott to focus fully on national team duties.

“Obviously it was a great result for us and obviously disappointing for Arsenal but we’re here to concentrate on England and we want Theo at his best so we don’t really want him to remember that result,” Rooney said.

With riots in London causing the cancellation of a scheduled friendly with the Netherlands earlier this month, Friday’s clash with Bulgaria will be the first time England have played since a draw with Switzerland in June.

And Rooney is expecting a stern test from the upcoming encounters.

“I think it will be a really tough game Bulgaria away,” he said.

“I’m sure it will be a good atmosphere and a good game to come away with three points but that’s got to be our aim to try and get the three points there.”

“Wales are a good team but you’d like to think we’ve got enough to beat them at home. Hopefully we can come out of these two games with six points.”

Tue 30 August, 2011
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