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Sven hails Rooney return

16 Jun 2006 - 07:55:02

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson felt his side were good value for their 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago and was also delighted to see Wayne Rooney back in action.

Late goals from Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard sent England through to the last 16, with Rooney's introduction as a second-half sub sparking a late flurry from Eriksson's side.

He told FIFA's official World Cup website: "We had a lot of chances in the first 80 minutes and we were unlucky not to take them.

"Trinidad & Tobago defended with eight, nine or ten men behind the ball and made things very difficult for us.

"They showed great discipline and great strength, but we showed great patience too. We fully deserved the win. Both goals that we scored were excellent."

Of Rooney he added: "I have to say that, although he didn't score, I was delighted to see Wayne Rooney on the pitch. I am very happy that he is fit.

"Of course, he is not 100 per cent in form, but he hasn't played football for six weeks, so how can he be?

"This 30 minutes will have been very important for him and I hope to see him getting stronger in each game that we play.

"We must now immediately begin our preparations for the game against Sweden. We haven't beaten them for a long time."


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