Wayne Rooney believes there is more to come from England, and himself, after the team’s 2-2 World Cup draw with Sweden.
The 20-year-old Manchester United star started the match for the first time since being carried off at Stamford Bridge on April 29.
He showed glimpses of his talents before being replaced midway through the second half as fatigue appeared to set in.
But despite the result, and a poor second half performance by the team, Rooney insisted he was just glad to be back.
“My fitness has never been a problem. I feel really good. I felt I could have played longer,” he insisted.
“It was nice to get back out there playing again. I think we did well in the first half but the tempo dropped a lot in the second half.
“Not getting a goal is not a problem. That will come. We are just happy that we came out of it as group winners.”
England suffered an major setback when Michael Owen was stretchered off with a knee injury after just a minute of the game.
“It is a big blow to lose Michael because he is a very important player for us because he can always get us goals,” aded Rooney. “It is a big problem to have him injured, but I’m hopeful he can have a scan later today and that he might be OK.”
Coach Sven Goran Eriksson said he was satisfied with Rooney’s contribution.
“He played longer than last time and he will get better and better but I took him, off because I couldn’t risk him getting injured and play too much too early,” said the England coach.