Football: England capable of matching anyone at Euro 2016, says Rooney

Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match on May 10, 2016.
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match on May 10, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (Reuters) - England have what it takes to get the better of any opponent but need to be consistent if they are to win their first European Championship in France, captain Wayne Rooney has said.

Manager Roy Hodgson announced his provisional England squad for the tournament on Monday and will hope to guide the country to their first major trophy since winning the World Cup in 1966.

A confident England side will head to France with a 100 per cent record in the European qualifiers Group E, having won all their 10 games.

"I feel we've got a very good squad. It's probably the first time I've felt the squad is capable in any given game of matching any team," Rooney, the team's all-time leading goalscorer, told Sky Sports. "But obviously it's one thing having that, and another being able to do that consistently throughout a tournament.

"We've got players who can play anywhere across that front line. Myself, Jamie Vardy, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge can play out wide too. It's always difficult for opponents as well."

Rooney, who prefers playing as a striker, has acknowledged he might have to drop deeper into midfield where he has also been used by Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal this season.

With younger and faster talents coming through England's ranks, such as United teenager Marcus Rashford, Rooney was confident he can cope with any role in the squad.

"As a player you are always adapting. You adapt to your team-mates, you adapt to the different coaches you are working under. It depends what the coaches want from you," said the 30-year-old, who scored seven goals in the qualifying campaign to overtake Bobby Charlton as England's top goalscorer.

England face Russia, Slovakia and Wales in Group B of the 24-team tournament in France that starts on June 10.