England look to Rooney for Euro quarters spot
A 3-2 victory over Sweden on Friday has sent confidence coursing through English ranks, with goals scored by Andy Carroll, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck suddenly giving Hodgson a range of options in attack.
But it is the return of Rooney from suspension that will give England an extra jolt of optimism as they seek the point they need to clinch a place in the last eight at Donetsk’s Donbass Arena.
A fully-fit Rooney is champing at the bit to enter the fray after serving his two-match ban for being sent off in England’s final qualifier last year. “Obviously I’m delighted to be back part of the team and the squad and to be involved again,” the Manchester United star said.
“The lads have done great to put us in the position we are in now and hopefully I’ll get a chance to play and try and shine and help us get through the group.”
Rooney has ruled out England playing for a draw despite the fact that a point would be enough to secure their passage to the last eight.—AP