World Cup 2014 : England v Montenegro, England v Poland

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney, England and Man United

World Cup 2014 Update : Wayne Rooney

Victory over Montenegro at Wembley on Friday and another win at home to Poland next week will secure England's place at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

A loss would see England in a play-off.

England haven't beaten Montenegro in their three previous encounters.

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Goals will be at a premium but experienced Manchester United forward Rooney believes there are several players in the England squad who can help him deliver the needed goals.

"It is probably the best group of strikers we have had since I have been in the England squad," Rooney said. "Rickie Lambert is scoring goals for Southampton and has done really well for England. Jermain Defoe and I have been around a bit longer and Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck bring a lot of energy. Overall, it is a really good blend."

"Daniel has been in tremendous form for Liverpool this season," said Rooney. "He has scored a lot of goals. He has been given a vote of confidence by the manager at Liverpool who has trusted him to play up front. He has delivered.

"I am sure if we play together we will try and work together, try and link up and try and score goals between the two of us."

"We will need the experienced players," said Rooney." Obviously there are more younger players in the squad than there has ever been. The experienced players have been there and done it. They can keep that calmness for us.

"It is a tense situation. There are a lot of nerves and sometimes you can hear that through the crowd as well. It is going to be really important that our experienced players help us in those games."

"For a country like ours, with the talent we have, it would be a failure not to qualify," Rooney said when asked about the prospect of Roy Hodgson's team failing to get to Brazil. "As players, we will all take the responsibility if we don't get there. But we are positive and excited about the games coming up. We have to be confident in ourselves. We believe in ourselves."