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Cup triumph a squad effort, says Rooney

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United's matchwinner, said their Carling Cup triumph was a squad effort.

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United's matchwinner, said their Carling Cup triumph was a squad effort . "It's a great feeling to play in a final at Wembley and score the winning goal," said the striker. "All the players who played throughout the competition should be proud." Michael Owen denied the goal will have helped his international chances: "I didn't think of who was watching. It was a real chance for me because I haven't started too many games.

"I don't think about the World Cup. A lot of people have been getting their knickers in a twist about it. I just want to play for United and if that gets me recognition, then great. I've been to many World Cups and European Championships. If I don't go, it gives someone else a chance." Martin O'Neill, the Villa manager, praised his side saying: "It's hard to take. I thought we played splendidly and I'm disappointed. They are resilient, strong and young and they will fight back." sports@thenational.ae