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The danger is if Rooney is too desperate to make an impact. Then the hot-headed side of his character may emerge in the steaming temperatures of Donetsk.

“He’ll want to make up for time he’s missed and make it up to all the lads,” said winger Theo Walcott, who scored one and set up another against Sweden. “He is such a world-class player.”

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