Gerrard: Rooney return lifts us
Steven Gerrard hopes England will reap the benefits of Wayne Rooney's pent up frustration finally being released on their Euro 2012 opponents.
Rooney was suspended for England's opening two matches of the tournament as he paid the price for his red card in the Euro qualifier with Montenegro in Podgorica eight months ago.
But the Manchester United striker is available for Tuesday's encounter with Ukraine in Donetsk with England only needing a point to ensure a quarter-final spot.
Gerrard said: "Having Wayne back is a massive bonus for us and increases the attacking options.
"I said before the tournament that the key thing was to try and get ourselves in a good position before Wayne comes back and we've got four points from two games.
"It's a massive boost for the players, supporters, you guys (the media), everyone connected with England, that our main player is going to be back."
Gerrard added: "Wayne has been itching to get back. You know what he's like. He loves football, he's been kicking the ball around in the dressing room.
"He can't wait to get out there. You can see in his face that he is disappointed to miss those opening two games.
"Hopefully we will benefit from that frustration being taken out on our opponents."
Gerrard is known for his honest assessment of performances and knows England have to improve on some aspects of their 3-2 win over Sweden last night.
There was a spell in the second half when they were pulled apart defensively with former Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg putting Sweden ahead after Glen Johnson's own goal before England rallied through Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck.
Gerrard said: "We showed a lot of character but the disappointing thing is I felt we shouldn't have needed to.
"After going a goal up and completely controlling the first half, I'm disappointed that we had to show that character really.
"We lost concentration on two set pieces and have been punished because in general play I thought we were very good.
"We have to iron those mistakes out for when facing the elite teams.
"At this level, at the level we play domestically and internationally, if you concede from set pieces, you lose football matches.
"Moving forward, we need to address those mistakes."
The quality of Gerrard's crossing was again highlighted as he followed up creating Joleon Lescott's goal against France by laying on the recalled Andy Carroll's opener against the Swedes.
He said: "The big man (Carroll) was selected to play by the manager and the message in the meeting beforehand was to try and get good service into the box.
"If you get high up the pitch in those areas, you've got to try and put good crosses in and the big man stuck a fantastic header away.
"They are not bad crosses but you've got to give Joleon and then Andy credit for finishing them off."