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Fans ready for Italian clash next
ENGLAND fans in Worcester are looking forward to an Italian job after the returning Wayne Rooney set up a quarter-final clash in Euro 2012 on Sunday.
Mode, in Angel Street, was full of nervous supporters who crowded round screens in the beer garden to see the game.
A nervy 1-0 victory over Ukraine in Donetsk last night saw England top Group ‘D’ to set up a last-eight tie against Italy on Sunday (7.45pm kick-off).
Rooney, making his return to Roy Hodgson’s side after serving a two-match suspension, nodded home from a Steven Gerrard cross three minutes into the second-half.
But it wasn’t plain sailing for England in Donetsk as Ukraine had a goal disallowed when John Terry made a last-gasp clearance when the ball looked to have crossed the goal-line.
Fans are now looking ahead to England’s quarter-final against Italy.
Following last night’s clash, fan Lewis Bannister said he was optimistic about their chances.
He said: “I think we’ve got a talented squad, definitely a younger squad. I’m hopeful.”
But Brynley Jones said: “I would prefer Spain to be honest.
“With Spain you know what you’re going to get.
“What Roy Hodgson is doing, that works well against Spain.
“They are a good team but I think they are one-dimensional.
“With Italy, you don’t know what you’re going to get.”
But fans were divided over Wayne Rooney’s first game of the tournament, despite him scoring England’s winning goal.
Fan Chris Luff said: “I think we could have done it without him.
“It was good to have him back, he’s a good runner with the ball.
“But against Sweden we scored three goals.
“I think we could win with him and without him. He’s not the only player in the team.
“It was a better second-half. I thought there was a bit more attacking but after the goal they stepped back a bit.
“Overall, a good performance.”
Speaking about their chances in the quarter-finals, Luff added: “I’m never confident but we’ve got a good team with no expectations.”
But David Meenaghan said he found the whole game, including Rooney’s performance, underwhelming. He said: “It was a bit boring, a bit predictable.
“It’s going to be the same old against Italy I think.
“We’re going to look good but it’s going to be the same old kind of thing where we lose at the end.
“Rooney was disappointing tonight. He’s not the same as he used to be.”