Rooney wants winning start

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With all their pre-Euros friendlies completed, England captain Wayne Rooney’s focus is now solely on securing a win in their opening game of the tournament.

Rooney was part of the Three Lions squad who lost the opening game of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil against Italy 2-1 and they went on to finish last in the group without managing to claim a single victory.

“The first game massive,” he told reporters. “It’s important we get off to a winning start.

“Everyone says you don’t want to lose the first game, but the difference it can make if you win the first game is huge. It’s a big game for us now, and we need to go in there and prepare well for it. The lads are buzzing and can’t wait.”

The England captain has also refuted suggestions the squad needs to get more street smart ahead of the tournament, saying there are more important things for them to focus on going into the Euros.

“If you’re looking at that, then I think we’d be struggling if we’re relying on that to win and go far in the tournament,” the 30-year-old added.

“It can be a small margin which can benefit you, but the other things we’re doing and planning completely out-weigh that. That’s a tiny thing you can do better.

“[We need to] more understand the game and manage the game better. It’s normal: that comes with experience.”