Date: 27th April 2006 at 5:07pm
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Wayne Rooney admits he expects opposition defenders to him a hard time at this summer’s World Cup.

Rooney: ‘People will probably know more about me at the World Cup than they did at the European Championships two years ago.

‘I am sure at times they will try to intimidate me. But I just have to deal with it, play my own game and try not to think about the opposition too much.

‘Early on in my career I received a lot of bad press about my temperament. But I was only a young lad then.

‘I am still young now but I have been playing professionally for four years and I am learning from every game I play. The more you learn, the better you become.’