Manchester United man Wayne Rooney will be welcomed back into the fray by England manager Roy Hodgson, as his side look to win their final group game and avoid a quarter final encounter with reigning World and European champions Spain.
The question now remains as to whether Wayne Rooney should start at all, in light of the Three Lions finding their feet up front, with 3 goals from Andy Carroll, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck ensuring that England are in the driving seat before they play their final group game against hosts Ukraine at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk later on in the day.
Furthermore, a question mark remains as to who should partner Wayne Rooney up front. Many have been rooting for an all Manchester United strikeforce in Rooney and Welbeck to start up front to try and take all 3 points for England, and some others prefer the strike partnership of Rooney and Carroll up front. Both players have different styles of playing up front.l Welbeck is great with pressing, harrying opponents into making mistakes. Furthermore, his game also boasts of an extensive passing arsenal, with the youngster capable of producing defence-splitting through balls. Andy Carroll provides a more direct option, a finisher of a different sort. The lanky Englishman provides a commanding presence in the air, and is able to dominate against players with his aerial ability.
Theo Walcott might be missing this one, with the speedy winger complaining of a hamstring problem earlier on in the week. He put in an impressive showing, following replacing James Milner on the right wing, and is expected to be England’s impact player once again should some width and pace be needed on that right flank.
The back 4 for the Three Lions should remain the same as the partnerships that have formed in the tournament so far, with none suffering from any suspension or injuries in the tournament thus far.
Ukraine will see a largely unchanged side, although they might be missing the services of striker Shevchenko, with the striker being a serious doubt with a knee injury. Manager Oleg Blokhin has two other attacking options in Artem Milevskiy and Marko Devic should Shevchenko be deemed for the final Group game of EURO 2012.
England Player to Watch: Steven Gerrard
2 games, 2 assists. Both spectacular crosses which have been compared in so many more ways than just 1. The weight and direction with the passes have been just sublime, and England will be depending on their captain to conjure up some more magic as they face Ukraine tonight, with England’s EURO 2012 campaign on the line. Has formed a great partnership with midfielder Scott Parker in the first two games, and will be once again looking to add that bite in the midfield for England.
Ukraine Player to Watch: Andriy Yarmolenko
Yes, I am aware of the suprising choice of player to watch for Ukraine, but Yarmolenko will be a threat throughout the night for even one of the best leftbacks in the world in Ashley Young should he have a good game. Yarmolenko has demonstrated good crossing (supplied Shevchenko for one of his goals) and ability to beat his marker. My player to watch for this game.
Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole
Milner, Rooney, Young
Husyev, Mikhalik, Khacheridi, Selin
Yarmolenko, Nazarenko, Konoplyanka