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The midfielder, who scored at Wembley last September, feels Roy Hodgson's men are too dependant on the Manchester United forward, who will miss Tuesday's tie with a head injury

Ukraine midfielder Yevhen Konoplyanka believes England will struggle to find inspiration in the absence of Wayne Rooney.

Roy Hodgson's men head into Tuesday's fixture in Kiev as leaders of Group H but defeat would see them overtaken by their opponents.

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England are without Rooney due to a head injury and Konoplyanka, who scored in the 1-1 draw at Wembley last September, maintains Hodgson's men are too dependant on the Manchester United forward.

“We were unfortunate not to beat England in London, we should have won," Konoplyanka was quoted as saying in the Sunday Mirror.

“We dominated for a lot of the game and it took a late penalty for them to draw with us in their own stadium.

“They didn’t have Rooney that night and it is good news for us England won’t have him again.

“Every nation has their ­stand-out player, but I can’t think of any ­nation that are as reliant on one player as England are on Rooney.

“England are a different team when he plays. When he isn’t, you can see they are looking for ­inspiration from somebody else, but can’t find it."

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