Rooney part­ner­ship will im­prove says Heskey

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

EMiLE Heskey in­sists his part­ner­ship with Wayne Rooney will be more ef­fec­tive against Al­ge­ria on Fri­day.

Heskey was re­united with the striker for the World Cup opener with the United States which ended in a 1-1 draw.

it was the first time the pair had started an in­ter­na­tional to­gether since the qual­i­fy­ing clash with the Ukraine in Dnipro eight months ago.

Rooney has of­ten looked at his most po­tent along­side the As­ton Villa player who set up Steven Ger­rard’s goal against USA.

Heskey is con­fi­dent the pair will hit it off again in Cape Town against the Al­ge­ri­ans.

The 32-year-old said: “The more you play with any player, the more you get an un­der­stand­ing with them and that is the case with Wayne.

“We work to­gether on the train­ing field and we are well pre­pared to per­form bet­ter if we get the chance again.

“i take the pos­i­tives from that per­for­mance and try and take it into train­ing and then the next game.

“i thought we re­ally got at them in at­tack and cre­ated a few chances. They weren’t com­fort­able with the way we played as we caused them prob­lems and we can do that again.”

Rooney has been in the spot­light with ques­tion marks sur­round­ing his tem­per­a­ment since he was booked against the Plat­inum Stars in a prac­tice match eight days ago.

But Heskey is con­fi­dent he can deal with the pres­sure.

He said: “Wayne’s a great player. The pres­sure has been there through­out his ca­reer and he has dealt with it.

“He’s been in the spot­light since he was 17 years old so he is used to that and won’t let any­thing af­fect him.”

PAIR OF ACES: Emile Heskey and Wayne Rooney.

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