Euro 2012: Hodgson says Rooney 'can be inspiration'

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Wayne Rooney's been backed to inspire England into the quarter finals of Euro 2012 by kids from his old school.

Children from Our Lady and St Swithins primary joined England boss Roy Hodgson in saying Rooney could take them all the way in the tournament.

Rooney's been suspended for England's first two games but returns for the match against Ukraine.

Hodgson said: "His attitude was perfect in training sessions. He has been very lively, energetic and enthusiastic."

He added: "If Wayne can produce his best, then he can help us keep going even further."

Theo Walcott, who scored against Sweden on Friday, is fit to play following an injury scare.

But there's no doubting who the children from Rooney's old school think will be the match winner. They've been giving Wayne their advice ahead of the big game.

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