Rooney had been suspended for the opening two games of England’s group campaign, but was back in the side as Roy Hodgson instantly recalled his main striker back into the starting line-up. While the Manchester United star was way short of his best during his first appearance in five weeks, he was on hand to nod home a delicious Steven Gerrard cross in the second half to give England the valuable three points.
With Italy now waiting for Hodgson’s men in the quarter-finals, Rooney has insisted that no team in the tournament will want to take on this England side at the moment. The striker believes all areas of the team are ready to handle whatever opposing sides can bring to the table.
"I think we know our qualities and what we're capable of. We've got together and worked really hard, we've done a lot of tactical play in training and we're difficult to beat.”
"I don't think there is any team that would fancy playing us, we're difficult to break down and we've got the players who can score goals, so it's going well at the minute. We'll get a good rest now and hopefully we'll be back fresh."
Rooney will now be hoping to be sharper when England take on the Italians on Sunday. A match-fit Rooney could be the difference between this England team reaching the final and not.
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