BFIREI Ross joins Rooney in Eng­land squad

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By IAN WINROW

ROY HODGSON reck­ons Wayne Rooney’s Man United re­turn will give Eng­land the pas­sion they’ve been miss­ing.

And the Three Lions coach sprang a sur­prise by nam­ing Ross Barkley (left) in his squad to face Moldova and Ukraine.

Rooney made his first United start of the sea­son in Mon­day night’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

And Hodgson be­lieves the striker is ready to fire Eng­land to the World Cup.

“Wayne still has that burn­ing am­bi­tion,” he said.

“A fully fit Wayne Rooney is a good as­set for his coun­try and for his club.

“I think he has been un­der real scru­tiny since he was about 17 so if any­one is equipped to deal with scru­tiny, it is Wayne. That’s the na­ture of the player – and it came off in spades for Manch­ester United.”

Hodgson handed de­buts to Ever­ton’s Barkley and Tot­ten­ham winger An­dros Townsend.

And he in­sists the young stars have not been in­cluded sim­ply to make up the num­bers.

“We’re giv­ing our­selves a chance to look at play­ers who have a very bright fu­ture and can change games as they have shown in the Premier League,” said Hodgson. “I think play­ers like Townsend (left) and Barkley can go on to make a big im­pact in the team. “They are there on merit – they can help us win our games.”

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