Sancho eyes up Rooney
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brent Sancho says Wayne Rooney will not get an easy ride from Trinidad & Tobago.
Trinidad & Tobago defender Brent Sancho has warned England that The Soca Warriors will not be taking it easy on Wayne Rooney, should he play.
The Manchester United ace has been declared fit by Sven Goran Eriksson just over six weeks after he broke a bone in his foot.
Rooney could start but should he be involved, it is more likely to be from the bench - either way Sancho says he will not have an easy ride.
"I hope Rooney does get on because you want to play against the best and he's definitely in that bracket," said Sancho,
"But if he comes on, no one will be able to pussy-foot around. We will have to play our natural game. If he plays, it is just another player that we will have to tackle hard but fair.
"We represent 1.3 million people in Trinidad & Tobago, so I won't think twice. I'll do anything I can to stop him scoring and anybody else from scoring for that matter. That is my job. I'm representing my country and, if it means Rooney or anybody tried to score against us, then I will do whatever it takes to stop them.
"My style is that I don't take any prisoners. I go in hard but fair even when we have a full-blooded training match. The practices we have are very intense, very physical, we go in hard and that is the only way we know how to do it.
"We are a hard, tough band of players with a tough nose and take that on to the pitch. Of course we will go out there and do our best. If it means being tough, then we have to be hard and try to emulate what we did against Sweden and play with that kind of intensity for 90 minutes.
"It'd be the same with Michael Owen, a terrific, world-class player, but he's human. He can make mistakes. You have to take that on board, you cannot go into a match overwhelmed by who you are up against.
"You have to believe that anything is possible and that's how we will take it. Any team in the world would like Owen in their line-up and I'm not surprised he was selected even though he did break his foot, but I do hope he's not quite fit yet."