Capello drops Rooney hint

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Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Fabio Capello has hinted he will include Wayne Rooney in his squad for Euro 2012 next year despite the Manchester United striker being suspended until the quarter finals following his red card against Montenegro earlier this month.
Rooney received a three game suspension for the straight red he received during England’s 1-1 draw that secured their place in next year’s tournament, and will miss all of England’s group stage games in Poland and Ukraine.
The length of his ban gave rise to calls for Rooney to be dropped for the tournament altogether, however Capello revealed he is likely to select the former Everton forward when discussing the make-up of his squad at a press conference.
“The young players are really good and ready to play with the seniors, and the experience of the seniors is really important,” said Capello.
“During the games we need some leaders, people that know something.” The Italian said.
“Jack Wilshere is incredible because he is so young. We also need the experience of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Scott Parker.
“You need this kind of player, plus Rooney, I hope.” He added.
The former Real Madrid boss pointed to the blend of youth and experience England possess during the conference, and highlighted the importance of emerging talent such as Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge as a positive indication of the future of English football.
“I am happy with my players,” explained Capello.
“I have a lot of confidence in them. There are not many young players in the world who are better than the English ones.”
“But you need to wait until the end of the season to understand if they are at the top and ready to play with the seniors. We had a gap between the oldest and the young. Now, with people like Wilshere, Jones, (Danny) Welbeck, (Daniel) Sturridge – it’s really interesting.
“It will be a really good team for the next Euros.” He added.
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