England boss Roy Hodgson has revealed Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney turned down the chance of additional time off ahead of his country's Euro 2012 campaign.
Hodgson views Rooney as an essential part of his plans in Poland and Ukraine, despite the 26-year-old being suspended for the first two group games. The new England boss told Rooney not to report for next Saturday's friendly with Norway and Rooney was offered a further break to ensure he was fully recovered but he refused and will report for duty on Tuesday, May 29.
"Wayne has been playing with a minor injury for the last three or four games which needed a couple of weeks to clear up," said Hodgson. "He won't be involved in the Norway game and I don't know whether I will select him for Belgium at this stage. I offered him a couple more days' rest but he was adamant he wanted to be part of it when we meet up for the Belgium game."
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