Rooney’s England return spells heartbreak for Carroll or Welbeck

Sharethematch.com looks at Wayne Rooney's imminent return to the England first-team, and who will drop to the bench

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Wayne Rooney missed England's group games against France and Sweden Photo: The Sport Review

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Rooney return means heartbreak for others

He might be England’s best player but the inclusion of Wayne Rooney on Tuesday would be harsh on those who have got us into the positive position we find ourselves in right now.

There is no doubt that Rooney, having served his suspension, will walk straight into Roy Hodgson’s starting line-up for the final group game with Ukraine – the manager has already alluded to the striker’s inclusion.

And you can understand why – the Manchester United star is arguably England’s greatest threat in front of goal.

But then the question arises as to who exactly do you leave out?

Danny Welbeck has been a revelation so far, one of the star performers against France, and scoring the winner against Sweden, proving to critics that he can play up front on his own.

And in the Sweden game, he was joined up top by Andy Carroll who is the likely one to resume a spot on the bench, although against Sweden he did everything that was asked of him, linked up the play well and scored a thunderous header.

Sweden also saw Ashley Young play wide left, a position that sees the midfielder wasted as he needs to be more central to have a greater impact.

But with Rooney on his way back in, Young is set to be stuck out wide for a little while longer, while Carroll will feel hard done by to be back on the bench.

The pressure is certainly on Rooney to prove he deserves a starting spot, so watch out Ukraine, he could be making up for lost time.

Johnson at fault for both Sweden goals

If there is one player in the England ranks who should be breathing a huge sigh of relief it is Glen Johnson.

Despite what former Mark Lawrenson believes, Johnson was not England’s best defender against Sweden on Friday night – he was chiefly at fault for both the goals conceded.

He did a fine job in halting any Swedish player running at him but his positional sense from set-pieces was shockingly lacking.

He played Olof Mellberg onside for Sweden’s first goal and then made the worst attempt at clearing off the line, hitting the post before watching the ball cannon in off him.

And, shortly afterwards, Johnson proceeded to gaze up at Mellberg again as he powered home a header to put Sweden 2-1 from another free-kick.

His blushes were spared but we need realism when it comes to the assessment of player performances.

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