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PUTTING ROO ANDWHO TOGETHER? Layersca n'tsplitduowhosankSwedes Super-sub Walcott 6-4 for starting berth ?A.

Byline: Mark Langdon

WAYNE ROONEY is expected to be unleashedby RoyHodgsonon Tuesday but who partners the suspension-free strikerinEngland'sstarting 1 1fortheir decisiveGroupDcontestagainstUkraine remainsamyster y.

AndyCarroll,whoscoredtheopening goal against Sweden, and Friday's eventualmatch-winnerDanny Welbeck bothadvertisedtheirclaimsandHills can't split the pair, offering both at 5-6togetthenodalongsideRooney .

Welbeck may just about hold the advantage. He played regularly with RooneyatManchester Unitedthisseason andpossessesthe pace to stretch defenceswhileat the same time creatingspacefor Rooneytooperatefromaslightlydeeper position .

And Welbeckhasalsoshownin recent gamesthathepossessesthatgenuine touchofquality. Hisoutstandingfinish turnedouttobethecrucialgoalagainst Sweden and he also scored against BelgiumatWembley .

That suggests Welbeck should be favourite,althoughCarrolljustifiedhis inclusionon Fridaywithaterrificbullet header and is the more likely to be dangerous from crosses which are so importantinHodgson's4-4-2formatio n.

Whatevertheline-upis,itisalmost unthinkable that Rooney will be left out. Bet365 make him 6-1 not to start and 1-10 to be in the side, while Rooneyisalsoavailable at7-1with Paddy Power andBetVictortofinish the tournament as England's top scorer in a market headed by 3-1 poke Welbeck with Carroll at 7-2 with bet365. England were unchanged at 12-1 despite beating Sweden 3-2 and they are 1-3 to qualify for the knockout phase and 2-1 tofinish top of Group D which could be crucial if the Three Lions want to avoid tournament favourites Spain in the lasteight. It is possible that Hodgson's team can still reach the quarterfinals if they lose to Ukraine but that would take France to lose to Sweden by a big enough margin to see Les Bleus lose their current goal difference advantage (+2 to England's +1). In reality, a defeat in Donetsk will almost certainly result in England heading home and a group-stage exit is 11-4 while Hodgson is left to ponder other team changes as John Terry and James Milner's performances come under the microscope. Hills make Terry 9-2 to be dropped and Milner is 9-4 to miss out as super-sub Theo Walcott pushes for a starting position. England were in big trouble before Walcott's intervention in Kiev - bet365 rated the Three Lions 13-8 to qualify for the lasteight. and 20-1 to win the Euros at that stage - but Walcott is expected to keep his bench role. The Arsenal flyer is 6-4 with Hills to start, with bets voided if the Arsenal flyer fails to recover from a slight niggle. Bet365 - Rooney to start v Ukraine: 1-10 yes, 6 no. Hills - to start v Ukraine: 5-6 Welbeck, 5-6 Carroll; Terry to start: 1-8 yes, 9-2 no; Milner to start: 1-3 yes, 9-4 n

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Date:Jun 17, 2012
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