Wayne Rooney: 'Hard work is paying off'

Rooney: 'Hard work is paying off'
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Wayne Rooney insists that his fine form since returning from a knee injury is down to not having a day off in a bid to come back in the best possible shape.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has declared that he is currently reaping the rewards of intensive work to regain full fitness over Christmas.

Rooney was sidelined for the festive period after suffering a knee injury in training but has returned to score three goals in his last four United games.

The 27-year-old was also on target for England against Brazil in midweek and believes that he has found form thanks to his hard work on the training ground heading into 2013.

He told The Sun: "I had my injury problems early on in the season and did a lot of hard work to make sure that when I came back into the United team I'd be fully fit and ready.

"When I had my injury over Christmas and the New Year I still did not have a single day off.

"I went into training every day and worked to get back to my best. And now I feel it's paying off for me."

Rooney also revealed that he asked England coach Roy Hodgson to let him play 90 minutes against Brazil on Wednesday so that he could stay sharp.

Wayne Rooney strikes again to score his second goal of the match against Reading on December 1, 2012
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