England boss Fabio Capello has hailed the return to form of Wayne Rooney ahead of England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales next weekend.
The 25-year-old has endured a torrid time since suffering an ankle injury against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last season, having scored just nine goals for his club Manchester United since suffering the setback last April.
But with three goals in his last five games, and 11 assists in the Barclays Premier League this season, Rooney is coming to form at just the right time, for club and country.
“He is such an important player for us and for Manchester United,” Capello said.
“He is someone who can play in any attacking position and be such an influence.
“I’m delighted he’s back. His awareness and movement have been outstanding,” he said.
Rooney's impact at Old Trafford will need to be more telling than it was at the back end of last season, as United's season's fell apart after his injury in Munich.
With nine Barclays Premier League fixtures remaining, a Champions League quarterfinal and FA Cup semi-final next month, and England's return to action against Wales and Ghana, Rooney form will again firmly be under the microscope.
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