England narrowly escaped an embarrassing draw to Sweden Friday, edging the Scandinavians 3-2 with two brilliant finishes from Theo Walcott (I believe I had that one) and Danny Welbeck. But the fact that they needed arguably the two best goals of the tournament thus far to get past a team who was handled by Ukraine proves more than ever how much they miss Wayne Rooney.
Rooney makes his return for the Three Lions Tuesday in the final group stage match against co-hosts Ukraine. A draw is enough to get them through, but a win plus some help with goal differential would be more welcomed so they may win the group and avoid Spain in the first knockout round.
The stagnant offense, despite their three goals Friday, is in need of a major boost to overcome the French, who sit atop Group D.
Here are 10 bold predictions for Rooney’s return in helping them win Group D.