Wayne Rooney to start for England against Ukraine as Roy Hodgson puts faith in Manchester United star

By Dean Wilkins

Wayne Rooney is ready to start England’s final Euro 2012 group match against Ukraine after Roy Hodgson put his faith in the Manchester United star.

The manager confirmed that Rooney – who was banned for the first two games – will start in Donetsk tomorrow evening.

And Hodgson said he has no fears about the striker’s self-control in what will be his first game in five weeks.

He said: “I am not concerned about Wayne going over the top. It is a good point to make but I am sure other people apart from myself will be keen to remind him what we want is a good team performance.

“We want him to help us win a game of football. I have been very impressed with his attitude in training and I have no fears about him.

“People say he may be ring rusty but from what I have seen he is every bit as sharp as when he played his last game for Manchester United.”

England need just a draw to secure quarter-final football but Hodgson claimed he is taking one game at a time.

He added: “We have already seen some good teams go out of this tournament. We have given ourselves a chance of going through but guarantees do not exist.

“The team believe in themselves and if the performances have increased expectations then that’s good.

“But we are not getting carried away and know we’ve got a difficult test tomorrow evening.”

“The players in this squad all play for top clubs, play in the Champions League, play in these sort of matches all the time,” he added.

“We know the fans will be right behind the Ukraine but our players are capable of dealing with such challenges.”

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