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Rooney ready for Portugal rough stuff

india Updated: Jun 29, 2006 15:31 IST

Wayne Rooney has declared himself ready for anything Portugal's tough-tackling defence throw at him as he prepares to spearhead England's World Cup quarter-final challenge on Saturday.

Rooney has been a marked man since returning from injury to boost England's flagging campaign, and revealed that he has already been targeted in the three matches he has played in the tournament.

But the 20-year-old Manchester United star is unfazed by the possibility of a kicking from the Portuguese in Saturday's quarter-final, the team responsible for sending him limping out of Euro 2004 with a foot injury.

And the volatile striker has vowed not to let his temperament get the better of him if the tackles start flying.

"In the games I've had so far I have had kicks but you've just got to get on with that," Rooney said. "I'm sure it will happen again on Saturday. You've just to stay cool and get on with it."

Having completed a full 90 minutes in the 1-0 second round victory over Ecuador, Rooney feels he is edging closer to the sort of form that saw him light up the European Championships two years ago.

"I think there's still more to come from me in this tournament," he said. "I think with every training session I'm getting better, and fitter.