Wayne Rooney will play some part against Serbia and Montenegro...
Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed that Everton starlet Wayne Rooney will play some part against Serbia and Montenegro...
The striker made a stunning debut against Turkey before a knee injury ruled him out of the game against South Africa but he is now ready to return. After confirming that he plans to play a full-strength side against Serbia and Montenegro, Sven said he plans to play both Emile Heskey and Wayne Rooney at some stage on Tuesday.
He revealed: "I do not know who is going to start but both [Heskey and Rooney] will be on the pitch, maybe not for 90 minutes. The crowd in Leicester will see Heskey."
Eriksson admitted that David Beckham's absence was a blow, saying: "It's the first time I have had to think about who's going to take the corners and who's going to take the free-kicks and, of course, he's the captain.
"It's always good to have him around."
The Swede would not be drawn into commenting on claims by a candidate for the Barcelona presidency that he had agreed a fee for Beckham, adding: "He was in Real Madrid last week, now he's in Barcelona, maybe tomorrow Milan but it doesn't matter where he plays football, if he goes to one of those teams, he definitely will not be worse as a footballer."
Turning to matters off the pitch, Sven warned England fans to behave or risk being thrown out of European football.
He said: "What we heard from UEFA is clearly very important. The next time something happens we are out of Europe and that would be absolutely catastrophic for us.
"It is very important that we behave on the pitch and our supporters behave."
Asked if he had spoken to his players about over-elaborate celebrations, Eriksson added: "I spoke to the players before South Africa and will speak to them before Tuesday and every time we play. "It would be incredible if we couldn't go on playing in Europe."
Trevor Sinclair looks doubtful for Tuesday and Sven believes the demanding schedule is to blame for many of England's injury problems, explaining: "FIFA, UEFA, The FA, the Premier League we should take a course in planning because it's a crazy situation that we should keep the players fit a month after the season's finished.
"We have eight players out, nine who could be out. I talked to Italy this morning and they have one player out.
"During the last 18 years there has only been one English team in the European Cup final and if we don't stop and think it could be another 18 years.
"No-one can convince me that Arsenal and Manchester United are worse than Milan and Juventus and the reason they are not reaching the final is that we are playing too much football in too short a time."
Eriksson revealed, though, that the players are very much up for the challenge ahead.
"They're working very hard," he added. "We gave them a week off and now they're hungry again to play football."