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16/06/2014 17:10, Report by Adam Marshall
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Welbeck support for Rooney

Danny Welbeck believes Wayne Rooney can still make a major impact at the World Cup, even if he continues to play out of position on the left flank.

Rooney supplied a perfect cross for Daniel Sturridge's goal in England's 3-1 defeat to Italy and fired just wide in the second half but attracted criticism in the media as Leighton Baines struggled to cope with the Azzurri's threat down their right.

The United no.10's team-mate Welbeck addressed a press conference ahead of Thursday's crucial clash with Uruguay and fielded several questions about his country's leading scorer in qualifying.

"Wazza is a class player and wherever he is playing on the pitch he can make a massive impact," Welbeck explained. "When he is on that pitch, he can make a difference. It can be quite frustrating at times for anyone playing out of position but that's football and you've just got to deal with it. 

"It's not up to you who picks the team. At the end of the day, it's the manager's decision and you've got to respect that and go into it giving it 100 per cent and give it your best shot."

Welbeck feels too much fuss is being made about Rooney's role and insists the 28-year-old will not be feeling any additional pressure ahead of the game in Sao Paulo.  

"Wayne's experienced," stated the Reds' homegrown talent. "He can handle pretty much any situation. 

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