• Euro 2012

Shevchenko not fazed by Rooney return

ESPN staff
June 17, 2012 « Lampard stunned by Redknapp sacking | Chartbeat test »

Ukraine captain Andriy Shevchenko has attempted to brush off questions about Wayne Rooney's return from suspension for the showdown with England on Tuesday.

Rooney served a two-match ban at the start of the tournament and is certain to be reinstated into the starting XI for the match against the co-hosts. England need a point to book their place in the quarter-finals, but it's win or bust for Ukraine.

Rooney has not played since Manchester United's 1-0 win at Sunderland on the last day on the season, in which he scored his 27th Premier League goal making it the most prolific campaign of his career.

"We will see what happens with Rooney. But this is a player who hasn't played for a month now," Sheva said. "I know he's a very good player and someone who can change the team, but we'll see what happens if he plays.

"But the whole England team is very good, not just Rooney. They are most dangerous from set-pieces - corners and free-kicks. We will have to watch that.

"We knew it was a very difficult game [on Friday] and the French played really well, especially in the second half. But we still have a chance. We know that if we can beat England we'll qualify for the knockout stage. [But] we'll have to play much better than we did against France if we want to beat England.

"They are definitely one of the most dangerous teams here. They had a good result against France and they beat Sweden, so they've had a great start. Home advantage helps us a lot. There's also a bit more pressure for us, but I hope the crowd will be nice to us and we can get a good result."

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