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Man Utd striker Rooney hails England Lionesses

England men's captain Wayne Rooney has congratulated the women's team after they made it to the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday night.

Rooney was full of praise for England's Lionesses. Credit: PA

Rooney and his international team-mates were a damp squib in Brazil last year, with the team failing to make it out of the group stages after defeats to Italy and Uruguay and a draw against Costa Rica.

The women began their campaign with a loss to France but have not looked back since, beating Mexico, Colombia, Norway and hosts Canada to become the first English senior team to make a World Cup semi-final since 1990.

And Rooney, a veteran of three World Cup campaigns, was among the first to congratulate the Lionesses following their 2-1 win against Canada.

"England women doing the country proud. Huge congratulations on reaching the semi-finals," he wrote on Twitter.

Rooney confident of winning title at Man United next year

Wayne Rooney insists Manchester United will mount a serious title challenge next season.

Rooney is confident United can challenge for the title next season. Credit: PA

A difficult first season of the Louis van Gaal era ended with a somewhat underwhelming 0-0 draw at Hull on Sunday.

Despite a disappointing run of one win in their final six games, United achieved their aim of Champions League qualification - but Rooney is hungry for so much more.

The United skipper is used to challenging for titles and that is what he wants to be doing next season.

Van Gaal's team finished 17 points behind this year's winners Chelsea, but Rooney insists the gap between the two teams is capable of being bridged, so long as the club make the right moves in the transfer market.

He said:

I believe we are (close). You take the first 10 games and I think we had 13 points. When you consider from after that amount of games to where we've finished, we've probably got as many points after that as anyone else.

I think we're close, there's no doubt about it. You can see in our performances, we're outplaying teams, dominating possession, and it's just that final thing of taking our chances.

In the (defeat at) Chelsea, if I had scored that chance with my left foot then it could have been a completely different game and might have put them under a bit of pressure - it might have been a lot closer than it's finished.

As a group of players, myself and the manager - we all believe we're close and I'm sure with a player or two in the summer we'll have a good chance of going for the title.

– Wayne Rooney speaking to Sky Sports

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Man United striker Wayne Rooney fit to play West Brom

Rooney has shaken off his injury worries. Credit: PA

Wayne Rooney has been passed fit for Manchester United's home game against West Brom.

There were fears that Rooney would miss the match at Old Trafford after he came off in the 88th minute of United's 3-0 defeat to Everton last Sunday following a kick to the knee.

But speaking to MUTV on Friday, manager Louis van Gaal confirmed his captain is available to play against the Baggies.

"Rooney is fit to play, it (the injury) was not so heavy as we expected," Van Gaal said.

Man United star: I've rarely seen Chelsea so dominated

Wayne Rooney took consolation in defeat after Manchester United's performance in the 1-0 loss at Chelsea, claiming he's never seen the Blues dominated so badly.

Rooney was delighted with United's performance despite losing. Credit: PA

Injury-depleted United slipped to defeat despite enjoying the better of much of the play against the Premier League leaders, who are now 11 points clear of the third-placed Red Devils.

Yet the visitors' performance at Stamford Bridge on Saturday has given Rooney and Van Gaal cause for optimism.

We can take great confidence from this result as I've rarely seen a team come to Stamford Bridge and dominate so much, all that was missing was a goal.

On another day we could have scored two or three goals, but it wasn't to be. We have to move on now and look forward to facing Everton next weekend.

– Wayne Rooney speaking to MUTV

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Man Utd captain admits being 'upset' in dressing room

Man United captain Wayne Rooney admits he and his England team-mates were upset by the sloppy, uninspired way they started in Italy on Tuesday night.

Rooney wasn't happy with the first half display. Credit: PA

Nine months on from meeting at the World Cup, the Three Lions faced the Azzurri once more in a glamour friendly at the Juventus Stadium.

Hopes were high after seven straight wins but Roy Hodgson's men struggled in the first half, deservedly falling behind to a Graziano Pelle header in Turin.

However, half-time brought with it renewed enthusiasm and England dominated the second period, levelling in style through Andros Townsend and going close to turning a 1-1 into an away triumph.

We have (moved on from the World Cup) and I think that's why we were so disappointed with the first half.

We know we're better than that. Even though we had a lot of changes, we know we are a better team than what we showed first half.

We were upset, I'll be honest, in the dressing room after the first half. Everyone was upset with the way we performed.

– England and Man United captain Wayne Rooney

Rooney: Spurs striker Kane is great for English football

Wazza is happy that Kane has got the call for England. Credit: PA

England captain Wayne Rooney says Harry Kane has thoroughly deserved his call-up to the senior squad.

"First of all, the season Harry Kane has had is incredible. His first year in the Premier League, the goals he has scored and his performances mean he has deserved his call-up," the Manchester United forward said.

"He is a finisher, as we saw against Leicester. It is great for English football to have someone performing like he is."

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