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England will win without Roo - Hart

Joe Hart is backing England to overcome the absence of the suspended Wayne Rooney during the early part of the Euro 2012 finals.

Rooney will be banned for a minimum of one game after his red card against Montenegro in Podgorica but UEFA have the power to increase the suspension if they think it appropriate.

The Manchester United star has been in fine form during the qualifying campaign but Hart is confident England can still do well in his absence.

Hart said: "It's a massive blow for Wayne himself and a blow that one of our better players will be missing.

"It is not a blow for our chances because we've got a great team. As was proven against Montenegro, people are willing to step up to the mark when required.

"After Wayne got sent off, we moved on as a team and Danny Welbeck came on and did really well up front. He did a great job."



Fergie warns Pearce not to pick Welbeck

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has blocked Stuart Pearce's plans to recall Danny Welbeck to the England Under-21 scene.

Pearce is down to one fit striker after Nathan Delfouneso and Martyn Waghorn picked up injuries in Thursday's European Championship qualifier in Iceland -- and pondered turning to Welbeck for tonight's match in Norway. However, Pearce revealed a chat with Ferguson ended those plans.

The England Under-21 manager said: "I spoke to Sir Alex straight after the (Iceland) game.

"He had concerns about Danny travelling back from Montenegro (with England's senior side) and then getting on a plane to Oslo.

"I had a decent chat with him and moved on from there. I quite understand his position."

Pearce's side are top of Group Eight after two games and travel to Norway to play their second match in five days on the back of the 3-0 win in Iceland.