Players benefitting from all-English presence at Euro 2012, says Rooney

The Manchester United forward believes everyone being from the same country has ensured that nothing has been 'lost in translation' as it was under former manager Fabio Capello
Wayne Rooney has claimed "everyone being English" has helped boost England's chances at Euro 2012.

The Three Lions had previously been accused of a lack of communication within their set-up under Fabio Capello, who struggled to command a grasp of the English language, prompting to concerns about his ability to delegate properly.

When asked whether the arrival of Roy Hodgson and his new backroom staff have aided the squad, Rooney said: "I'd say so, all the coaching staff.

"I think it helps everyone being English, there's no words lost in translation, and everyone knows what the manager expects of them.

"The manager trusts his players. He's given us a lot of rest, a lot of downtime, under the former manager there was an element of trust but Roy has now come in."
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On the topic of the Ukraine game, the Manchester United forward kept optimistic about the side's chances and backed them to handle the atmosphere of playing one of the co-hosts.

"It'll be a big challenge, they'll have the majority of the support and the majority of the fans in the stadium," he mused.

"We've been to a lot of stadium's around Europe now and we've had to deal with these types of atmospheres. If we have to take a point, we'll happily do that, but we're going into the game for the win.

"I have no problems with my attitude, I have no problems with my temperament. I've paid my price and now.

"I'm ready to play. I thought with a three-game ban I probably wouldn't be here, but I'm ready to play and I'm excited."

After missing the first two games against both France and Sweden through suspension, he then went on to confess that he cannot wait to get onto the pitch again, putting aside any concerns there may have been about his fitness.

"Yeah, fine, I've taken part in every training session, I'm ready and waiting just to go out on the pitch," Rooney continued.

"I don't put that pressure on myself to be honest, there's 23 players in the squad and there's pressure on us all, it's great that we're scoring goals. I'm not going to win the Euros on my own.

"When you're watching the game it's always more difficult than playing. Obviously, when you're playing the game, you can always do something to try and change the game.

England boss Roy Hodgson looks set to throw Rooney straight back into the starting line-up against Ukraine at the expense of either Danny Welbeck or Andy Carroll, the two strikers that started up front against Sweden.

Both fowards scored in the match, and the 26 year-old remains wary of the competition for places within the squad should he not perform.

"It's great for me that we've got goals in the squad, it's great competition for me," he noted.

"They're (Carroll and Welbeck) different types of players. I know Danny from playing with my club and we've got a great relationship.

"Andy is a big old-fashoned No.9 who scores goals and I think we mustn't forget Jermain [Defoe], who is probably one of the most natural goalscorers you're ever likely to see and I think between us there's four good strikers there."