NEW-LOOK England were rocked by a -stunning four-goal show from superstar striker -Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Sweden last night.
Andy Carroll hopes Wayne Rooney will spearhead England to Euro 2012 glory – even though his return could lead to the axe for the striker.
Liverpool FC News: Andy Carroll: It will be fantastic to have Wayne Rooney back in England team for Euro 2012 action
ANDY CARROLL hopes Wayne Rooney will spearhead England to Euro 2012 glory – even though his return could lead to the axe for the Liverpool striker.
The Liverpool striker has received much criticism since his transfer from Newcastle, but the man who took him to Anfield said he showed his true ability against Sweden
Roy Hodgson is set to partner Andy Carroll with Danny Welbeck for England’s second group game of Euro 2012 against Sweden tonight. In: Carroll likely to be given England nod (Picture: Getty) Welbeck was asked to lead the line on his own against France on Monday but indications are that the Manchester United striker will be paired with Carroll as Hodgson looks to bolster his forward line.Hodgson has already spoken of his desire to see England offer more of a threat going forward and in the £35 million Liverpool striker he hopes to cause the Swedes more problems.Central midfield duo Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker are set to continue in England’s engine room, brushing off fears of exhaustion.Glen Johnson will retain his right back berth despite being on antibiotics for a toe infection.Hodgson has already said that he feels an organised Sweden side, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will mean England need to be on their guard.He said: ‘They are organised as a result of years of work based on English coaching.’Their major weapon is Ibrahimovic – he is one of the best strikers in European football.’Carroll and Welbeck will be looking to stake a claim for a place for the final group game against Ukraine with Wayne Rooney waiting in the wings for a return.Rooney serves the last game of his suspension this evening.
STEVEN GERRARD insists what England lack in quality they make up for in heart and desire ahead of tonight’s clash with Sweden in Kiev.
Skipper Steven Gerrard is confident England will finally gain their first win over Sweden in a competitive match if they emulate the performance they gave in their Euro 2012 opener against France.