England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney believes that the Three Lions could roar to victory at the World Cup this year.

Roy Hodgson’s side are considered to be outsiders to win the competition, with nations such as hosts Brazil, Germany and Spain being tipped to lift the iconic trophy.

Some have even suggested that England may struggle to get out of their group – which contains Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica – with expectations surrounding the team the lowest they have been in some time.

But Rooney says that he and the squad are confident despite the fact that many others are not:

“I think we can (win the World Cup). We have to believe, even if no-one else will.” He is quoted by the London Evening Standard.

Hodgson is yet to name his 23-man squad for the summer’s tournament, but he is expected to put his faith in young players such as Raheem Sterling who have been impressive in the Premier League.

Rooney also said that prospective World Cup opponent Luis Suarez is currently the second best player on the planet:

“Cristiano Ronaldo and probably Luis Suarez a close second,”