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

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Wayne Rooney tells England US ‘will try’ in Qatar and could surprise Gareth Southgate’s men in World Cup match – as DC United coach insists MLS standard is ‘significantly higher than championship’

England football legend and DC United coach Wayne Rooney believes the United States has a chance to shock England after watching both teams play in the opening games of the World Cup.

“USA was excellent in the first half against Wales. They moved the ball quickly, were aggressive and had a lot of energy in their game,” Rooney told The Times of the USA’s game against Wales.

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

DC United coach Wayne Rooney thinks the US will give England a hard time at the World Cup

“They will be on the front foot and try to bring the game to England and it will be a very different challenge to England against Iran. A difficult game.’

“England have to be there from the start of the game or they might get a shock.”

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

He also said that there are several very good MLS players on the US team and that while it is not at the level of the English Premier League, the increase in quality of the US national league has played a big part in how the team is now plays. .

“The MLS may not be the Premier League, but it is a level significantly higher than the Championship.” said Rooney.

“Every team there is trying to keep up the pressure and play and it’s a league where the technical level is getting better and better, where there are a lot of South American players and South American coaches.

US players celebrate Timothy Weah's goal against Wales ahead of the World Cup

US players celebrate Timothy Weah’s goal against Wales ahead of the World Cup

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

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

“When Gregg Berhalter was there he was in charge of Columbus Crew, he had his full back in and the team was trying to get the ball and take the initiative and he’s doing the same thing with his American side.”

Aside from his historic place in the sport’s annals, Rooney’s resume makes him more qualified than most people to argue that MLS plays at a higher level than the championship.

In addition to managing in both leagues during his career, Rooney has also graced the pitch with his presence in both leagues.

Rooney watches his team play as he manages Derby County in England

Rooney watches his team play as he manages Derby County in England

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

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

During his time playing for D.C. United, Rooney scored 23 goals in 48 appearances.

He also served as a players coach after first arriving at Derby County, scoring eight goals in 30 appearances before focusing solely on management.

“Against England you don’t see them sitting back and playing the ball long – they will, I’m 100 per cent sure, try to play good football and try,” said Rooney.

“It could surprise England if England underestimates them or the quality of their players.”

England's players celebrate one of the many goals they scored against Iran to open the World Cup with a 6-2 win

England’s players celebrate one of the many goals they scored against Iran to open the World Cup with a 6-2 win

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