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Sanchez insists Chile can handle Rooney

Alexis Sanchez reckons Chile can halt in-form Wayne Rooney in tomorrow's friendly against England at Wembley.

The Barcelona forward admits that Rooney, who scored six goals in six appearances during England's qualifying campaign, will pose the biggest threat to the South Americans.

But Sanchez is confident the Manchester United striker can be shackled and is dreaming of emulating Marcelo Salas' Wembley heroics 15 years ago.

"Rooney has power, he is one of the strongest forwards in the world," said Sanchez. "It's going to be marvellous to play against him.

"(But) I think we have the defenders that can stop Rooney."

Sanchez, speaking at a Wembley press conference ahead of tomorrow's clash, would love to replicate the feat of Salas, whose brace gave Chile a 2-1 victory over England in a Wembley friendly in 1998.

"That game is historic for Chile," Sanchez said. "It was something amazing what Marcelo did. We hope we are able to do that.

"It would be fantastic to score a goal and to help my team win. Any Chilean player would love to score at Wembley."

Sanchez also heaped praise on England goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who will be hoping his impressive form with Celtic this season will earn him a start ahead of Joe Hart.

Sanchez went up against Forster in October when Barcelona edged Celtic 1-0 in the Champions League.

"Fraser is a keeper who is good with his feet," he said. "He is a complete player and it will be difficult to score against him."

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