Video: ‘Injured’ Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney trains with England
Wayne Rooney made a mockery of Manchester United’s suggestions that he is injured and out-of-shape with an impressive showing in England’s training session ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Scotland.
The striker, supposedly injured as recently as Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Wigan, took part in a full session with Roy Hodgson’s squad and showed little sign of the hamstring and shoulder injuries that have ruled him out of all United’s pre-season matches.
In fact, Rooney was so ready for action that he arrived an hour early than the scheduled start time for yesterday’s training session, entertaining the assembled media with a ball-juggling and shooting session before being joined by his team-mates.
Hodgson had to admit that Rooney was making a bit of a stir.
He said: “He knows you guys are there probably. He hasn’t had enough of the mass media recently and wanted to get his face on TV.”
But the England manager’s appeared to be pleased with Rooney’s vigour.
He added: “I’d agree that Wayne’s body language was good today.
“You know what an enthusiast he is and how keen he is to play football and his pre-season has been hampered by two separate injuries but at least now he is injury-free but of course he’s not match-fit. But he has been fit for several days now and has trained very hard at Manchester.”
Rooney has been the subject of two bids from Chelsea this summer after telling United that he wants to leave.