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Different goal for Rooney.

WAYNE Rooney insists his international goalscoring record is not weighing on his mind as he approaches England's World Cup qualifier in Zagreb.

Since scoring twice in Euro 2004 against Croatia, their opponents on Wednesday, the Manchester United forward has added five goals in an England shirt to take his overall tally to 14.Observers have noted Rooney's other contributions aside from goalscoring, and the 22-year-old believes finding the back of the net is just one part of his game.

"I've no problem with it,"

Rooney said. "It's a new campaign, a new start, and hopefully we can do well in this campaign."

Against Andorra in their opening qualifier, he set up Joe Cole's second goal at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona to give Fabio Capello's men a win to take into the clash against Croatia, who defeated them twice in their last campaign.

Midfielder Frank Lampard said: "The thing with Wayne is that he is not just a goalscorer, he's a creator and works hard for the team."

The Croatia clash has been billed as the fixture that could define England's campaign and whow their progress under Capello.

"Croatia are a good team and we'll have to be at the top of our game," Rooney said.

"We'll have to defend well and create opportunities going forward."


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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Sep 8, 2008
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