Wayne Rooney says after his rest in the final group game, he will be fresh and raring to go against Iceland.
Rooney was on the bench as England failed to beat Slovakia, settling for a 0-0 draw which relegated the Three Lions to second place in Group B.
‘As a player, you want to play of course, but for me now going into the game on Monday I will be a lot fresher,’ Rooney said after training on Thursday.
‘In terms of Roy’s decision, he’s the manager and I respect that.
‘It wasn’t just me, there was five other players [left out] and it’s a decision that Roy had to make in terms of keeping players fresh for the knock-out stages and also believing in the squad of players he has got.
‘And I agree, the squad of players are good enough and those who came in were good enough to win the game and we should have won the game.
‘Unfortunately we didn’t but you have to give credit to our opponents, who defended really well but we’re through to the knock-out stages now so this is where it matters.’
Rooney wants to see his side be more clinical in front of goal, they currently are second on the list for most chances created but have failed to score a significant number of goals.
‘We do have to be a bit more ruthless and with the chances we’ve had, we need to take a few more of them, as we saw in the last game, if you don’t it can cost you a result,’ Rooney admitted.
‘Certainly going into the knock-out stages, we need to make sure we take full advantage of them.
‘It depends how it goes on the day, but we feel that we’re a good team and can play against teams who want to defend or teams who want to come and have a go at us.
‘We feel we can change our game to plan for whichever team we play and everyone knows, it’s the business end of the tournament and we have to be more ruthless to go through in games.’
Rooney will captain England against Iceland on Monday.
The match kicks off at 21:00.