Joleon Lescott is adamant that he has no worries regarding the temperament of England team-mate Wayne Rooney ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Montenegro.
The Manchester United striker missed the first two games of EURO 2012 after kicking out at Montenegro midfielder Miodrag Dzudovic during a clash between the two sides 17 months ago.
His previous actions have led to speculation that he may be targeted by the home side this week, who will be keen to gain any advantage possible.
However, Lescott believes that his team-mate can cope and that his level of maturity has increased:
“Wayne is older now. He is more experienced and mature.” He said.
“We all are. I don’t think there will be a problem. We want to be disciplined and professional. With the calibre of players in this squad, I don’t think it will be a problem.”
Due to a series of injuries, Lescott has taken a spot in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI despite not playing regularly at club level for Manchester City.
But, the 30-year-old is confident that he is at the very top of his game, and can deal with Montenegro’s frontline of Mirko Vucinic and Stevan Jovetic:
“I haven’t been in the City team as much as I would have liked this season, but I played against Barnsley, so my sharpness wasn’t too far away, and San Marino was a massive game for me to be involved in,” the former Everton defender said.
“I did my best in training. The manager feels he can trust us all. My experience of dealing with difficult opponents at Euro 2012 can definitely help against Montenegro.”
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