Townsend earns Rooney praise

Wayne Rooney praised an "incredible" performance from Andros Townsend following the 4-1 win over Montenegro.

Last Updated: 12/10/13 at 08:47 Post Comment

Wayne Rooney praised an "incredible" performance from Andros Townsend and the bold approach of England boss Roy Hodgson following the 4-1 World Cup qualifying win over Montenegro at Wembley.

Manchester United striker Rooney netted his sixth goal in five qualifiers before a bizarre Branko Boskovic own goal, debutant Townsend's stunning strike and a late Daniel Sturridge penalty.

It means England's World Cup fate remains in their hands ahead of Tuesday's match with Poland.

Rooney, whose strike was his 37th England goal, reserved special praise for Townsend.

"It was some debut," he said.

"In such a high-pressure game to perform like that was incredible."

Rooney enjoyed being part of an exciting attacking quartet.

He added: "It was great. A lot of speed and the experience of Steve (Gerrard) and Frank (Lampard) behind us.

"The manager gave us the freedom and the platform to go out and express ourselves."

The United striker knew England might have to wait to take their opportunity in a must-win match which means victory over Poland will secure a place at the finals in Brazil next summer.

"It was a tough game," Rooney said.

"I thought it was always a night when we were going to have to be patient and try to break them down.

"First half they defended deep, defended well. Getting the goal so early on in the second half was vital and I thought we fully deserved the three points.

"You saw a weight come off everyone's shoulders and we played some good stuff, created chances."


New Sky Bet customers: Claim free £5 bet every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

HarryBoulton
One Point And One Conclusion For United

P

arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

magicfuller
Warnock sacked by Palace

W

e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

gettalong
Wenger: Giroud deserved red

Footer 365

Louis van Gaal blames congested Christmas schedule for Manchester United's draw with Tottenham

Louis van Gaal again criticised the congested Christmas fixture schedule after Manchester United's draw at Tottenham.

Paul Lambert: Aston Villa's new style here to stay despite lack of goals

Paul Lambert is sure the goals will come for Aston Villa if they persist with their current style of football.

Bobby Zamora tells QPR to give Charlie Austin a new contract

Bobby Zamora has told QPR to sort out Charlie Austin's future before his goals attract bids from elsewhere.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property