Krakow: In the new age of sobriety surrounding England, Wayne Rooney allowed himself a moment of intoxicating hope by declaring that this squad of players are good enough to reach the final of Euro 2012.
England arrived on Wednesday with doubts remaining over John Terry’s fitness. The defender again missed a full training session, conducted before the team flew out of Luton, to focus on recovery from a hamstring injury.
Rooney is suspended for the first two games against France and Sweden after his sending off in the final qualification tie.
“I think you go into a tournament hoping you can win it,” the 26-year-old striker said. “That’s the main thing. In the past two tournaments [World Cup 2006 and 2010], they’ve ended in disappointment. Now is the time to put that right.”
“We know as players that we’ve been expected to do better than we have done in recent years,” he said. “We understand that when you play for England, you’re there to be shot at. We need to be sure we give our all and that when the tournament comes we try to win.”