Hodgson declares Rooney fit to play for England
England coach Roy Hodgson and Manchester United manager David Moyes are set for a straight collision and the trigger for their prospective clash is who else but Wayne Rooney. Hodgson has completely disregarded Moyes statements regarding Rooney’s injury.
Hodgson has announced that Rooney is not suffering from any kind of “physical injury”. The Three Lions boss, who claims to have invigilated Rooney throughout the training session on Monday, expects Rooney to be ready for action in the friendly against Scotland on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old England international failed to make an appearance against Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield on Sunday. A brace from Robin van Persie helped Manchester United acquire their first trophy of the season.
The absence of Rooney has made it further clearer for Moyes that his squad can reach out for silverware without the wantaway striker. Rooney has been closely linked with a move to Chelsea since the Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge. It is believed keeping Rooney on the bench is Moyes’ ploy to show Rooney that Manchester United can live without him.
Rooney’s form against Scotland will be vital to show how well the striker is actually performing. In a press conference after the training session, Hodgson revealed that he saw no signs of a shoulder injury on Rooney.
“Good, just as I expected really,” Hodgson said. “It's difficult to assess with the naked eye how match-fit people are, but there's no doubt in my mind that he's not suffering from a physical injury.
“It will be interesting to get the feedback from our training sessions and we can see how he looks. We'll speak with Wayne tomorrow morning.”
Hodgson also revealed that Rooney had been personally training, although he hasn’t had the opportunity to play in competitive game with Manchester United.
“Since he's got over the injuries he's not been able to train as intensively as we did today, so we'll see how that pans out,” Hodgson said. “He tells me that he's been training on his own while Manchester United have had games, on some fitness work, but he hasn't had a chance to do a session like we had today where he was involved in functional aspects of play.
“I expect him to tell me that everything was fine and I expect him to get up fit and ready to go tomorrow morning as well.”
Hodgson also talked about Rooney’s clouded future. The English boss believes it would be in the best interest of England and Rooney if the Englishman’s transfer saga was cleared as soon as possible.
“It would be very nice if [his future is determined] both for him and his club, and of course my hope and desire is that will happen,” Hodgson said. “In my year and a bit as national team manager I've been faced with the situation where players are not necessarily always playing in their team, but because they have the qualities we're looking for, they still manage to be selected.
“I'm hoping that will be the case with Wayne, but I'm not prepared to make any statements that if he's not playing for a club side he can't be considered for England.”