Gary Neville: Wayne Rooney still ‘fantastically important’ to Man United

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says Wayne Rooney is still "fantastically important" to the Red Devils

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Wayne Rooney scored 12 Preamier League goals last season Photo: bwin

Gary Neville believes England striker Wayne Rooney is still a “fantastically important” player for Manchester United.

The 27-year-old is being linked with a move to Chelsea after the Blues launched two unsuccessful bids for the Red Devils forward.

England manager Roy Hodgson has included Rooney in his squad to face Scotland in next week’s international friendly despite a recent shoulder injury.

And coach Neville expects Rooney to be fully focused on the Three Lions despite the uncertaintly surrounding his future.

“It will have no effect whatsoever on the England squad,” Neville told Sky Sports News. “I played with Wayne Rooney for many years, I’ve obviously been a coach with England for the last year-and-a-half I’ve never seen him give anything but 100 per cent in every single training session.

“It’s an insult to suggest he would have any negative effect on the England squad.

“It would never happen, he is not that type of lad, he is a good lad, a great player, a fantastically important player not just for Manchester United but for England and, like I say, we will just concentrate on doing what we do, which is obviously looking after all the players and Wayne Rooney will come along and do his very best as he always does.”

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