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Hodgson says Man Utd ace Rooney primed for big World Cup

England coach Roy Hodgson feels Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is set for a big World Cup.

Hodgson reckons Rooney is hitting peak form just at the right time for this summer's tournament in Brazil.

"Wayne has taken on responsibility with Manchester United and he always takes responsibility with the national team and I think this has been a great year for him," the England manager said.

"At the moment circumstances seem to be contriving towards England having a Wayne Rooney in top condition physically and mentally, and in terms of his ability - we all know how good that is.

"My hope and the message to him is: 'this is your chance'.

"He is 28, that's a terrific age.

"This is the world stage, the perfect opportunity for him to prove to people in the world what we already know - that he is a very, very gifted footballer, a very good all-round footballer who is capable of playing in many positions.

"He is someone who is a leading light in his team which is one of the best in the world.

"It would be nice to see him reproducing that form for England and I am confident he will. It's a great opportunity to show that he is not just a great star in the Premier League, but that he is a world star."

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