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Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand receive England boosts

Rooney, Ferdinand receive England boosts
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Fabio Capello insists that England will "need" the experience of Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand during Euro 2012.

Fabio Capello has given the biggest indication yet that he is planning to select Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand for next year's European Championships.

Rooney's participation has been in doubt after he was handed a three-match ban by UEFA for kicking Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic, a verdict which has ruled him out of the group stages.

Centre-back Ferdinand's international future had come into question after he failed to make Capello's squad for the recent match in Podgorica.

However, the Italian boss has claimed that England will "need" both players during the tournament.

"During the games we need some leaders," said Capello. "Jack Wilshere is incredible because he is so young.

"But we also need the experience of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Scott Parker.

"You need this kind of player, plus Wayne Rooney I hope."

Capello also revealed that young strikers Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge have impressed him so far this season.

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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
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ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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