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Man Utd's Rooney insists England getting better

Wayne Rooney insists England are on the right track, despite last night's disappointing 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic.

The Manchester United star said: "In the second half we could have done a lot better but it was still a decent result for us. We are still building and looking to get better for the qualifiers.

"We have got a game before the Croatian one against Andorra and it is important we build on our previous games and get the points there.

"All the players were really disappointed with not qualifying for the Euros. It really hurt not to be playing there this summer.

"But we will give 110 per cent to try and qualify for the World Cup and we needed that sort of test against the Czechs going into the qualifiers.

"We needed a tough game and I think we got it. They were really physical and well organised.

"There is more to come but we are always confident we can beat any team if we play at our best and we feel we can get it right in those games ahead."

Rooney played as a second striker behind Jermain Defoe and, although not firing on all cylinders, was content to get another game under his belt after his pre-season illness.

He picked up a virus in Nigeria during United's tour of Africa and missed two weeks pre-season training, a couple of friendlies and the Community Shield clash with Portsmouth.

Rooney said: "I had a lot of touches (in the) first half. Maybe I could have done more with the distribution of the ball and had a few more chances.

"But I am happy. It is another game for me. I missed a few games pre-season so it will help with my fitness as well."

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