England/Ukraine - Rooney itching to play says Gerrard

18 June 2012 05:48

England captain Steven Gerrard warned that Wayne Rooney was itching to make his debut ahead of his side's crucial Group D phase finale against Ukraine.

"Everyone knows what Wayne Rooney's all about, he certainly makes us a lot more threatening going forward, Gerrard said.

"He's a world class player. I'm quite close to him and I can see it in his eyes that he's itching to get out there and perform."

"I'm not going to tell Wayne Rooney not to be fired up about this game," Gerrard said. "That's what Wayne Rooney's all about -- pressing, being aggressive in the right way, being a top player.

"That's the reason he's world class. Obviously we need him on the pitch. He's aware of that. He regrets his reaction last year. I'm sure he'll behave himself well and put up a good performance for the team."

Source: AFP