Rooney missed the opening two games through suspension, having been sent-off in Montenegro during England's final qualifying match and during his time on the sidelines has witnessed his team-mates have accrue four points, with a 3-2 win over Sweden, preceded by a 1-1 draw with France.
Nonetheless, Hodgson feels Rooney is the man to ensure a place in the quarter-finals, and we at Goal.com want to know how you feel the 26-year-old will get on in Donetsk?
Will Hodgson's decision to bring back the Manchester United forward be vindicated by goals?
Or will the heat of battle in Donetsk prove too much for the 26-year-old and see the red mist descend once more?
Can Rooney prove to be decisive in securing England's place in the last-16? Or do you think that Hodgson should have kept faith in the men who battled to Friday's win over Sweden? Let us know by voting in the poll, leaving a comment below, or getting in touch through Facebook or Twitter.