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Del Piero backing Man Utd ace Rooney for big World Cup

Italian legend Alessandro del Piero says Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is key to World Cup success for England.

Rooney, 28, has not scored in eight World Cup appearances with England.

"Wayne is a terrific player," Del Piero said to BBC Sport. "Now he is more balanced and he is ready to lead this time, I hope.

"England are a little bit different to 10, 12 or 15 years ago. Now there are more situations where they can score goals or where they can do something special."

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