Walcott fit for duty
Winger available for group clash with Ukraine
Last Updated: June 19, 2012 8:04am
Theo Walcott: Available for England's clash with Ukraine in Donetsk
Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Theo Walcott is available for England's final Euro 2012 group game against Ukraine on Tuesday.
The winger had been doubtful for the crucial clash in Donetsk after leaving Sunday's training session early with a tight hamstring.
That had been a precautionary measure and he has now been passed fit 24 hours ahead of kick-off at the Donbass Arena.
"He is fit for the game and luckily we don't have any other injury concerns," Hodgson said at his pre-match news conference.
Walcott will be hoping to start against the co-hosts after making a stunning impact off the substitutes' bench in England's previous clash with Sweden.
The Three Lions had been trailing 2-1 when the Arsenal winger was introduced but he turned the game on its head by scoring the equaliser and then setting up Danny Welbeck for the winning goal.
That 3-2 success means England only need a point against Ukraine to ensure progression to the quarter-finals, and they will be in confident mood as they also prepare to welcome Wayne Rooney back from a two-match suspension.
Hodgson faces a tough decision over who to leave out to accommodate Rooney, with Andy Carroll scoring against Sweden as well as Welbeck.
"It has become a very difficult choice because both of them have done so well, both in friendly matches before we came to the tournament and in the tournament itself," said the manager.
"They have given me the classic manager's headache, but it's the headache we all want, and I have made it clear that Wayne Rooney will start so that decision has to be made and I will make it."
Walcott's availability increases Hodgson's attacking options and he could dislodge James Milner from the right-wing role.