London : Manchester United star striker Wayne Rooney has said the current England squad is good enough to reach the final of Euro 2012.
Rooney has been suspended for the first two games against France and Sweden after his sending off in the final qualification tie away to Montenegro, but remains optimistic about his team’s performance in the European Championship.
“I don’t see why we can’t win it. We’ve certainly got the players and the quality. The new manager coming in has lifted everybody. We expect big things of ourselves, to come out here and do well. As long as we expect it of ourselves, we know we’re good enough to get to the semi-finals or the final, so that’s the aim,” Rooney said.
He admitted his suspension was the “price he was having to pay for making that mistake” in Podgorica but added that he would prepare and train as “normal” for the first two group matches.
He hoped to repay the faith that Hodgson had shown in him, admitting that he was “happy the expectations are more realistic”.
“That’s certainly a good thing. Football players are under enormous pressure. One of the major conundrums for a coach of a top team to solve is when you might have the quality of player but have to make certain they have the mental strength or character to deal with all that’s asked of them,” he added.