In his column for the Telegraph, Hansen wrote: "Ashley Young was poor against France when he played just off striker Danny Welbeck, so the England winger will be much more at ease if Roy Hodgson deploys Andy Carroll alongside Welbeck against Sweden on Friday night.
"But this is a key game for Ashley because he will know that, regardless of how well he plays against Sweden, Rooney will be restored to the team in the position just behind the striker.
"If Young does well tonight, he keeps his place. If not, he might struggle to reclaim his starting place during the tournament.
"Young has talent and ability but, in fairness to him, the Rooney role is a difficult one and it is so much harder if you are not accustomed to operating there at international level. Some take to it automatically, while others struggle."