England striker, Wayne Rooney, looks set to return to his country’s starting line-up, for their vital Euro 2012 Group D match against Ukraine; the Manchester United start is raring to go, and full of confidence.
The betting with Bet Victor indicates that an England victory over the Eastern Europeans is not a pipe dream for Roy Hodgson.
Rooney, 26, has been forced to sit out England’s opening two games of the tournament and, although clearly happy with his team’s results, he has been frustrated by the lack of football.
Things could have been worse for the ex-Everton man, however, had his original three game ban not been reduced to two games on appeal. “When it was a three-game ban, I thought I probably wouldn’t be here. I’m happy that I am here,” he said.
Having watched the draw with France, and the defeat of Sweden, Rooney is now ready for action. “What happened was a mistake and I’ve paid the price. I’m happy and ready to play. I’ve been looking forward to it and now I’m available to play, I’m excited,” he said.
Witnessing the renewed belief amongst the England players has given Rooney confidence that England can take the point they need from the Ukraine game, and are in with a chance of winning.
“We are hard to beat now. If we keep doing that, and keep working hard, then there’s no reason we can’t go really far and be in with a shout of winning it,” he said.
Whether or not Rooney’s dreams of a first major tournament win for England since 1966 will come true remains to be seen.
There are a number of very strong sides remaining in the competition, but the return of their talismanic front man is certainly a boost for the Three Lions, and it is hard to see them being troubled by Ukraine, when the two sides meet on Tuesday night.