Kiev: Roy Hodgson said that “all hell might break loose in the dressing room” if he did not bring Wayne Rooney back into the England starting line-up, despite both his strikers scoring against Sweden.
The win gave England the expectation of progressing from Group D, along with France, should they avoid defeat against Ukraine in Donetsk on Tuesday when Rooney will be free from a two-match suspension — meaning that either Andy Carroll of Danny Welbeck will be omitted.
“With Wayne Rooney coming back into the team, he will play in his position,” Hodgson said. “I welcome those kind of selection problems.
“I was really pleased with the performance of the front players, and Theo Walcott’s contribution was enormous. To come on as a sub, score and set up the winner means he’ll be very happy.
“But Wayne Rooney is a special player and it’ll be hard, frankly, to leave him out. “So, I’m afraid, you expect him to get back into the team when the suspension is served.”
Hodgson added: “Against Ukraine, a player like Rooney can make a major difference and I am delighted to welcome him back. If I did leave him out, all hell might break loose in the dressing room!”
As for the final Group D match against the host nation, he added: “I’m happy that a positive result, draw or win, would see us through the group.
“Our goal is to set high standards. Hopefully, the addition of a player of Rooney’s class will take some pressure off the defenders, because he can change a game off his own bat.”