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England can beat Italy and win Euro 2012 says Wayne Rooney

English forward Wayne Rooney (R) and English defender John Terry celebrate after scoring during the Euro 2012 football championships match England vs Ukraine on June 19, 2012 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (credit: PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/GettyImages)
Wayne Rooney believes England can beat Italy in their quarter-final clash on Sunday night before going all the way at Euro 2012.

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Rooney, who was suspended for England's first two Group D games against France and Sweden but returned to Roy Hodgson's starting line-up against Ukraine and scored the goal that saw the Three Lions finish top of the group, also insists that unlike previous tournaments, he is not feeling any pressure.

"I feel good. I feel fresh," he told Times of India.

"In some ways, missing the first two games may help me in the later games. So I’ll be ready. I’m looking forward to it.

"You have to play the best teams if you want to win tournaments and how much of a boost would it be for us if we beat them?

"How much confidence would that give us? Italy is a difficult game, however. It’s important that we’ve got an extra day’s rest, though, and we need to use that time wisely to prepare.
 
"I’ve played better. [Ukraine] was my first game for a while so it was always going to take time to get into it. There were a few sloppy things, [such as] giving the ball away. 

"To be honest, I don’t feel [the pressure]. Sometimes it might look like that. But I don’t think I have to try too hard to make us win. I do hear all that stuff; but I don’t take much notice of it."

Rooney also believes there is no reason why England can't beat the likes of Germany and Spain should they see off Italy.

"Germany look strong, well organised; and obviously Spain too," he added.

"They are different to everyone else. They have a completely different style to any other team in the competition. 

"You could see it in the Ireland game, they had 800-900 passes, and that’s the way they play. Sometimes it is probably better to go for goal a lot earlier than they do but that’s the way they play. 

"They tire you out, wear you down, sometimes it is difficult to play against. Germany are the same they have been for years, they work hard, organised, difficult to beat. Those are the two for me.

"All I’m going to say is we’ve got the squad, we’re more organised than we have ever been and we are hard to beat now.

"If we keep doing that and keep working hard, then there’s no reason why we can’t go far and be in with a shout of winning it. We are confident."

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