Wayne Rooney will return to England`s starting lineup and play his first Euro 2012 match, against Ukraine on Tuesday. The 26 year old football sensation had missed Sweden’s game on Friday and the opening 1-1 draw with France, following to his two match suspension after he was sent off against Montenegro in a qualifying game.
The players who are likely to lose a place in the starting line-up will either be his Manchester United team mate Danny Welbeck or Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, both of which, played a significant role when England beat Sweden 3-2, on Friday. Carroll scored with a header and Welbeck brilliantly flicked the ball home for the winner.
Roy Hodgson said, “I have a very difficult choice because both have done so well, both in the training matches before we came to the tournament and in the tournament itself”.
Captain Steven Gerrard said that he was happy to know that Rooney who scored 28 goals for his country, will be present for the match against Ukraine and win his 75th cap for England.
“Everyone knows what Wayne Rooney is all about and he certainly makes us more threatening going forward,” Gerrard said. “I can see in his eyes he is itching to go out and perform and hopefully he will play really well tomorrow and be the difference”.
England will play against Ukraine, knowing that a draw against the co-hosts will be enough to secure them a place in the quarterfinals.