Wayne Rooney ready to fire for England against Ukraine
England are on the verge of the Euro 2012 quarter finals after Friday’s dramatic 3-2 win over Sweden which saw Andy Carroll and Danny Welbeck both score in this Group D clash.
June 17th, 2012
However, it is likely that one of this strike pair will make way for Wayne Rooney on Tuesday when the Three Lions face Ukraine and the Manchester United man simply can’t wait to get on the pitch at the European Championship.
Rooney understands that he has to channel his aggression in the right way against the co-hosts who may be out to rile him, although one can point to the fact that his disciplinary record for Manchester United this term has been pretty good.
Rooney said: “What happened [in Montenegro] was a mistake. I understood that and apologised to the guy.
“I’ve paid the price. I’ve had to take it.
“And I have no problems with my attitude or my temperament. I’m happy and I’m ready to play.”
Rooney admitted that he feared for his England place after getting the red card which meant an initial three-game ban which was reduced to two on appeal.
“Of course,” he said. “Certainly, when it was a three-game ban, I thought I probably wouldn’t be here.”
Tuesday’s match is effectively an away game for England and, with their opponents needing to win to avoid an early exit, the heat will be on.
“It’ll be a big challenge,” Rooney said.
“They’ll obviously have the majority of the support and the majority of the fans in the stadium.
“We’ve been in this situation before. “We’ve been to a lot of stadiums around Europe and around the world, and we’ve had to deal with this atmosphere on a lot of occasions.
“If you look at Turkey away nine or 10 years ago, it was as hostile as you’re going to get.
“So we understand there’s going to be a big atmosphere and it’s something we have to deal with.
“We’re big enough and experienced enough to deal with it.”