Rooney excited to be back

England striker hopes for opportunity against Ukraine

Last Updated: June 17, 2012 4:00pm
Wayne Rooney: England striker is delighted to be available for the game against Ukraine
Wayne Rooney: England striker is delighted to be available for the game against Ukraine
Wayne Rooney says he is 'delighted' to be available for England again and believes the competition for places up front is 'great' for the team.
The Manchester United striker has sat out the opening two group matches of Euro 2012 due to suspension, but is back in contention for Tuesday's meeting with co-hosts Ukraine.
In Rooney's absence, England drew 1-1 with France in their first match before strike duo Andy Carroll and Danny Welbeck both scored in Friday's 3-2 win over Sweden.
Roy Hodgson has already confirmed Rooney will start against Ukraine, with England needing just a point to ensure qualification for the quarter-finals.
Rooney has found it difficult watching the action from the stands so far and is excited to have the chance to make an impact at the European Championship.


"I'm delighted to be back part of the team and the squad, and to be involved," said Rooney live on Sky Sports News.
"The lads have done great to put us in the position we're in now and hopefully I'll get the opportunity to play, and try and shine and help us get through the group.
"I've been fine since I joined up with the squad and I've took part in every training session. I feel good, ready and I'm excited now to get back out on the pitch."
Reports suggest Rooney will partner his United team-mate Welbeck against Ukraine, but he feels England are strong in attack, with Carroll and Jermain Defoe also options.


"I think it's great for the team that we've got forwards scoring goals," he continued. "The forwards have done well in the games.
"It's great for me to have competition and I know I need to be at my best to get in the team and stay in the team. It's great for the whole team.
"I know Danny very well at club level and Andy has come in and done really well. He's a big old-fashioned No.9. He's held the ball up, scored goals and they are two very capable players.
"We mustn't forget Jermain as well. He is one of the most natural goalscorers you ever want to see.
"We have four good strikers all fighting for one or two places. When we do get in, we have to make sure we do well."
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