GERRARD BACKS ROONEY

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has claimed that he is extremely sure that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be at his best possible behaviour in the final group match against Ukraine.

There has been a lot of doubts regarding the recall of Wayne Rooney for the final group game against Ukraine. England only need a draw to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition. Rooney is returning to the first team action after being suspended for the first two games of the Euro 2012. However, there has been the view that Roy Hodgson should stick with the side that played so well in the first two group games.

It has also been thought that Wayne Rooney is not completely over the disciplinary issues that has been a lot of trouble to him in his career. However, Liverpool midfielder and captain of the England team Steven Gerrard has said that he expects Rooney to be in his best possible behaviour. Gerrard confirmed that the team will not be looking at the Ukraine game and hoping for just a point. He has said that the team will be going out in a positive manner in order to win the match. If they have a negative approach to the game, then it could come to hit them back.

‘I know Wayne quite well and I can see in his eyes he is itching to get out there and perform. I’m not going to tell Wayne not to be fired up for this game. That is what Wayne is all about; pressing, being  aggressive in the right way. The  reason he is world-class is because of what he’s shown up to today. Obviously we need him on the pitch. I am sure he will behave well,’ said Steven Gerrard ahead of the Ukraine match.