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Resolute Rooney determined to enjoy World Cup

After two forgettable experiences at previous World Cups, England talisman Wayne Rooney has vowed to enjoy himself at the 2014 tournament in Brazil regardless of the outcome.

Having injured himself ahead of his maiden tournament in Germany in 2006, the Manchester United striker was sent off for stamping on Portugal`s Ricardo Carvalho as England went out on penalties in the quarter-finals.

In 2010 he went to South Africa on the back of the most prolific season of his career, but again failed to impress, snarling at a television camera after England`s 0-0 group-stage draw with Algeria and drifting through the 4-1 humiliation by Germany in the last 16 like a ghost.

Four years on he remains without a World Cup goal to his name, but ahead of England`s opening Group D match against Italy in Manaus on Saturday, the 28-year-old is determined to relish the experience.

“I`ve learnt to enjoy this one because I haven`t enjoyed the last ones,” Rooney told a group of journalists at England`s seaside training base in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

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