England captain Wayne Rooney believes the Three Lions are capable of beating any team in this summer's Euro 2016 tournament. The captain and Manchester United forward was named in Roy Hodgson's 26-man provisional squad on Monday (16 May) and has subsequently hailed the quality of his talented, but admittedly inexperienced, teammates.
Rooney – whose tournament experience stretches back to Euro 2004 – thinks England have sufficient quality to beat any team in France this summer, although he admitted they still have much to prove.
"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," he told Sky Sports. "But obviously it's one thing having that, and another being able to do that consistently throughout a tournament."
The Manchester United striker observed that England have a number of versatile attacking players, which ought to prove beneficial over the course of a tournament. But after coasting through qualifying for Euro 2016, Rooney said they should take nothing for granted.
"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," the United star said.
"You never know with the players we've got how well they can do. We've had a good European qualifiers campaign, but we need to make sure that we don't slack, that we keep going and keep pushing forward, and give ourselves every possible chance."
During recent games for United, Rooney has been playing in a deeper midfield role, and England's record-breaking goalscorer insisted he is comfortable playing wherever the manager wants him to. "As a player you are always adapting," the United captain said. "You adapt to your team-mates, you adapt to the different coaches you are working under. It depends what the coaches want from you.
"Throughout my career I've adapted to different situations and different teams I've played in, and I have no problem doing it."