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In pictures: Wayne Rooney - hero or villain?
19 June 2012
Last updated at 12:06
See pictures of some of the striker's career high and low points as he prepares for England's match against Ukraine.
Wayne Rooney takes a look around the Donbass Arena ahead of his return to the England squad for the team's game against Ukraine on Tuesday. England need a point to qualify and manager Roy Hodgson has called Rooney's attitude "perfect" and "enthusiastic" in training sessions.
Rooney's missed the opening two games of Euro 2012 after being banned for getting a red card in a qualifier against Montenegro. It was this tackle on Miodrag Dzudovic that sealed his fate.
The England striker was originally banned for three games but he and former manager Fabio Capello went to Uefa headquarters in December to appeal. Football's European governing body reduced it to two games instead.
The Liverpool-born player has scored a respectable 28 goals for England in 74 games, including this one in the Euro 2012 qualifier against between Bulgaria in September.
The 26-year-old's fiery temper flared up after England's goalless draw against Algeria during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He swore into the camera and criticised supporters for booing the team.
A similar thing happened in April 2011 - but this time it was in celebration. Rooney again swore at the camera after coming back from 2-0 down and completing a hat trick against West Ham. He later apologised for the outburst, saying it was just a "heat of the moment" thing and not aimed at anyone in particular.
Rooney's stamp on Portugal's Ricardo Carvalho was during England's crucial quarter-final 2006 World cup match which they went on to lose on penalties after the game ended 0-0 in normal time.
Rooney again shows his power in the air with England's second goal during a friendly against Slovakia at Wembley in 2009.
The Manchester United player is no stranger to controversy and was also sent off for England during the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Despite these problems Rooney is seen as a world-class player and one of England's most feared striker. He has more than 70 caps for England and made his debut at only 17. Here he is celebrating with David Beckham after scoring against Switzerland during Euro 2004.
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