Capello set to pick Wayne Rooney

England manager Fabio Capello looks set to pick Wayne Rooney in his squad for Euro 2012, as he dropped a hint regarding the player’s importance to the team.

The Manchester United forward has been handed a three match ban after being sent off against Montenegro in qualification, which will see him ineligible for all the group stage games of the tournament in Ukraine and Poland.

Due to the fact that he will miss a sizeable chunk of the competition, rumours have circulated that despite the attacker’s quality he would not be included in the squad.

However, Capello dropped a hint at Rooney’s involvement when talking about the senior players in the team.

“The young players are really good and ready to play with the seniors, and the experience of the seniors is really important,” he stated at a Club Wembley breakfast.

“During the games we need some leaders, people that know something. 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 stated.

Capello also said that he is happy with the quality he has to choose from, and feels he can field a strong side next year.

“I am happy with my players. 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, (Phil) Jones, (Danny) Welbeck, (Daniel) Sturridge – it’s really interesting.

“It will be a really good team for the next Euros,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight