Wayne Rooney moves to quell World Cup injury concerns

By Michael Owen
wayne rooneyWayne Rooney has dismissed claims that he is still suffering from injuries with just over two weeks left before England depart for South Africa
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England striker Wayne Rooney (Photo: Tsutomu Takasu)

Wayne Rooney has dismissed claims that he is still suffering from injuries with just over two weeks left before England depart for South Africa.

The Manchester United forward is considered integral to the nation’s hopes of doing well in the tournament and both supporters and the media have raised concerns over the ex-Everton star’s fitness in the build-up to the competition.

Rooney, 24, told the BBC: “Fitness-wise I feel good. I have been in every training session with England since we got together.

“I haven’t got an ankle problem, that story’s a load of rubbish. I had a bit of a stiff neck but that should pass.”

But Rooney feels his lack of time on the pitch towards the end of the season may well give him an advantage over other players in the tournament.

“I’m quite fortunate in I haven’t trained a lot in the last six weeks,” he added.

“I have had a full week’s training at the England training camp in Austria and I felt good out there.

“It can sometimes be a bonus having a break during the season. Fingers crossed it will be.”

After playing the full 90 minutes against Mexico on Monday, Rooney is expected to be included in the starting line for England’s final warm-up game against Japan in Austria on Sunday.

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