Team success means more to England star Rooney

England manager Roy Hodgson during a training session at Urca Military Training Ground, Rio de Janeiro
England manager Roy Hodgson during a training session at Urca Military Training Ground, Rio de Janeiro
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England striker Wayne Rooney insists he will never be motivated by winning individual awards - unlike his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo’s annual battle against Lionel Messi for the highly-acclaimed Ballon d’Or award has become something of a fixture on the international footballing calendar.

The Portuguese star finally beat his arch enemy to the gong this year following a superb season with Real Madrid.

Rooney, on the other hand, barely got a mention, but he could not care less.The only thing on Rooney’s mind at the moment is ending a dreadful season on the best high possible - by winning the World Cup with England.

“I’m not a player who needs that (to win individual awards),” Rooney said. “Like Cristiano Ronaldo, he has to have that and you admire him for having that.

“I’m more about winning things as a team. You can see how he is. He wants... his moments. It’s more important for me to win trophies as a team. I’m more about winning things as a team. You can see how he is. He wants... his moments.

“It’s more important for me to win trophies as a team.”I’ve won PFA player of the year, which is nowhere near as good as winning a trophy with Manchester United. I’ve not won anything this year, so hopefully I can do that now.”

Rooney has barely got a sniff of winning the biggest team prize in international football either.

England stumbled through their group in South Africa before losing 4-1 to Germany, while four years earlier the Three Lions crashed out on penalties to Portugal.