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09/10/2013 14:07, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Rooney lauds strikeforce

Wayne Rooney feels that England’s array of forwards is the strongest he has known in his international career.

England manager Roy Hodgson has a full complement of strikers to choose from for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley.

Jermain Defoe, Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert will be vying with Rooney and United team-mate Danny Welbeck for a place in the penultimate match of England’s bid to make it to Brazil next year.

It’s a blend that Rooney feels puts England in a strong position, with two wins certain to book their passage to South America in 2014. 

"Since I’ve been in the squad this is probably the best group of forwards we’ve had in terms of ability and goal scoring," said Rooney. 

"Rickie Lambert has come into the squad and is scoring goals for Southampton. You've got Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge, Defoe and myself. There’s a lot of energy and a good blend of forwards. 

"He (Sturridge) has been in tremendous form and scored a lot of goals. It’s great to see, he’s been given a vote of confidence by his manager at Liverpool, he’s trusted him to play up front and he’s delivered, he’s scored goals. I’m sure if we play together we’ll try to link up and create chances and score goals.”

When asked about the possibility of starting alongside both Welbeck and Sturridge in an ultra-attacking line-up for England, Rooney responded: 

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