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Rooney wins Group D for England

19 June 2012 09:49

A goal at the start of the second half from the recalled Wayne Rooney lifted England into the quarter-finals on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over co-hosts Ukraine.

Roy Hodgson's England, who now face Italy as Ukraine crash out, needed just a point to reach the quarter-finals but Rooney's close range header from a Steven Gerrard cross made absolutely sure after he had earlier missed another headed chance.

Artem Milevskiy missed a simple header for Ukraine before John Terry cleared off the line from Marko Devic - although the ball appeared to have gone in, sparking controversy.

A draw could have taken Ukraine through as France lost 2-0 to Sweden, but instead the French advance.

Source: AFP