Former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves has said that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney can have a positive impact for England in the final group game against Ukraine. The England striker picked up a red card in the friendly match against Montenegro.
As a result, he was suspended for the first two games of the book against France and Sweden. England manager Roy Hodgson resorted to using his Manchester United teammate Danny Welbeck as the starter in the two matches, which paid rich dividends. Danny Welbeck scored the winner against Sweden, and it seems that the team is much better with him up front.
However, Wayne Rooney will be available for the final group match against Ukraine. England need to ensure that they do not lose this match if they are to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition. England are likely to face former world champions in the form of either Spain or Italy in the quarter-finals. Even though the team has performed well in his absence, Roy Hodgson is expected to recall the services of Wayne Rooney for the match against Ukraine. Wayne Rooney’s former teammate Owen Hargreaves has told Man Utd news that he expects Rooney to be firing on all cylinders in this match.
‘He’s older and more experienced now and I’m sure he’ll have a positive impact on the team – he won’t want to leave the competition early after just getting started. He’ll draw on positive experiences. He’s had pressure on a day-to-day basis since he was a kid. It’s not going to be a problem. He’s going to come in and give a massive boost to the team and make it a better one. He’s the best player England have alongside Steven Gerrard. We need him in the team if we want to make it further,’ said Owen Hargreaves.