Wayne Rooney is ready to play at the European Championship after being sidelined with a two-match suspension.

The striker returns Monday against Ukraine, hoping to steer England into the quarterfinals.

The Manchester United player missed the draw against France and victory over Sweden in Group D. Rooney was banned for kicking Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic in England's last qualifier in October.

Coach Roy Hodgson will make a change to the team that beat Sweden 3-2 on Friday, dropping either goal scorer Danny Welbeck or Andy Carroll.

Hodgson says ''Rooney is a special player and it would be very difficult for me to, quite frankly, to leave him out of the team.''