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Wayne Rooney and 15 Others Who Must Step Up to Lead England to Euro 2012 Glory
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Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. With his contract at Old Trafford settled, Rooney can now put his full concentration back on the football pitch. 

Rooney has been in the middle of some of the worst form of his career, but he is one of the best strikers in the world when he is in good form, and is the biggest threat both Manchester United and England have. 

The popular saying in England is "the best 11 players don't make the best team." The so called "Golden Generation" of English football players has failed to win anything in international football and the English fans have now grown tired of them. 

The team hit rock bottom when they failed to qualify for Euro 2008. The English FA hired Italian manager Fabio Capello for the 2010 World Cup. After going into the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with high expectations, the team again fell on its face. 

England is looking for a strong recovery and is looking to get their fans back behind their backs. The only way to do this will be to have a strong showing at Euro 2012. 

The biggest burden of pressure will once again fall on the shoulders of Wayne Rooney, but it is not a one person job. Here are 15 others who will have to step up to lead England to Euro 2012 glory. 

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