Sven ponders Roo start

17 June 2006 12:42
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson says he is tempted to hand the fit-again Wayne Rooney a starting spot in the Group B showdown with Sweden. Rooney made a remarkable difference to a lacklustre performance against Trinidad & Tobago, coming on as a second-half substitute to inspire England to a 2-0 victory. That leaves Eriksson's side needing only to avoid defeat by Sweden to top their group, with the Swede admitting: "Of course it is tempting to let him start. "It is important he played, but it is important we don't risk anything. "I am stubborn. I was convinced he could take part in this game and he did, so I am very happy. We were convinced we were right. "After a lot of discussions in which I was involved and above my head, the medical experts decided to come and I was extremely thankful. "Here we are with Rooney on the pitch. Perfect. It's good for the team and it's good for the fans. "He's a young man. I think he will be making progress day by day. It will be very quick."

Source: ESA