Rooney rubbishes fatigue concerns

14 June 2015 03:48:46 EST

England skipper Wayne Rooney claims there is enough in the tanks of the Three Lions' players to take care of Slovenia in their Euro 2016 qualifier.

Roy Hodgson's men head to the Slovenian capital Ljubljana for their final game before the summer breaking knowing victory will all but cement their place in next summer's European Championships.

England have won five out of five in qualification thus far and another triumph could see them move nine points clear of second place in Group E.

The Three Lions are 1/1 to win the group ahead of Sunday's game but face a tricky challenge against a Slovenia side who have not lost a competitive game at home in over two years.

England are 1/1 to win the match, while Slovenia are 1/1 for the win and to close the gap on the Group leaders. The draw is 1/1.

Should England avoid defeat at the Stadion Stozice then they will have gone the whole season unbeaten for the first time in 24 years, something Rooney is eager to achieve.

The Manchester United striker is confident he and the rest of the players have what it takes to achieve the feat, despite the game coming right at the end of a long, hard campaign.

“There has to be (enough in the tank),” he said. “The training’s been good, we’ve worked hard, we’ve worked on how we want to play the game and the lads are focused. So we are ready for a big game.

“It might take until the 90th minute to win the game but we are ready to do that if needs to be.”

Rooney admitted England will need to improve on last week's performance in the friendly clash with the Republic of Ireland after playing out a goalless draw in Dublin.

“The game last week was disappointing for us all, it’s something we have to move on from,” he added.

“The most important thing is we didn’t lose the game and we are fully focused on the game on Sunday and trying to end the season with three points.”

Coach Hodgson has a decision to make on whether to stick with the same side that started the game against Ireland, with Ross Barkley and Theo Walcott pushing for starts having been on the bench last weekend.

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