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What Impact Can Wayne Rooney Have on Euro 2012

By Stuartnoel @theballisround

Thomas Rooney reviews what impact Wayne Rooney can still have on the European Championships after his two game ban.

What impact can Wayne Rooney have on Euro 2012
Roy Hodgson has named his England squad for Euro 2012 and there is a place for Wayne Rooney despite the striker being suspended for the first two matches against France and Sweden.

So, can Rooney still play a big part in the tournament?

Well, this all depends on how The Three Lions do in these first two encounters. Should they lose both of them then Rooney would be looking at playing just one game and going home.

However, take points from the matches and the striker could play a massive part in the competition and his suspension could prove to be a blessing in disguise as far as those over at are concerned.

If you put a fit, fresh and eager to impress Rooney into an England side that is full of confidence it could be a winning combination.

There is no doubting the 26-year-old is a world class player and when he is available, he should play. With 27 goals in the Premier League this season he has had one of his most prolific campaigns in front of goal.

The former Everton man strikes fear into opposition defences, something that Jermaine Defoe, Andy Carroll and Danny Welbeck do not do on the international stage.

With 73 caps and 28 goals for his national side, Rooney is one of the most experience players in the 23-man squad and when you consider the Defoe has 46 caps and Welbeck and Carroll have just three a piece, it proves just how vital the Manchester United man is to the squad.

With his goal scoring ability, strength, power and quality on the ball Rooney would more than likely make his way into most if not all national sides.

He can make a huge impact on these European Championships and will be desperate to do so as is a tournament where he is in his peak. Maybe he could even be an outsider for the discussions over at ?

The United number 10 last played in the Euro’s back in 2004 when he was just nineteen and he set the tournament alight, scoring four goals in as many games.

The first game Wayne Rooney is eligible for is against co-hosts Ukraine and he is sure to come straight into the starting eleven.

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