Owen believes in Rooney

Man Utd team-mate backs star after World Cup woe

Rooney: Owen backing

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Michael Owen has backed Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney to find his best form in an England jersey.

Rooney endured a difficult World Cup finals as Fabio Capello's team tumbled out at the round of 16 stage, failing to score in any of the Three Lions' four matches.

The United star also appeared leaden-footed after a gruelling season with his club as England laboured through the group stages before a humiliating defeat to Germany.

Team-mate Owen, whose own World Cup hopes were shattered by injury, says he understands the pressure on an England striker.

But the 30-year-old reckons Rooney will deliver for his country once the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign gets underway in September.

Owen said in the Daily Telegraph: "You know that everyone is relying on you to score and to play well. Wayne will have been like that because he is probably England's most important player.

"All these players are heroes at their clubs. When you are with England you feel as if the hounds are on the other side of the wall, ready to get you.

"If you don't play well, the fans have not got allegiance and they will dig you out. I think the fans are really behind Wayne.

"He's a popular player with almost every fan. He plays the game how the fans would like to see."