Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admits he’s been impressed with new England boss Roy Hodgson after initial conversations with the former Liverpool manager.
Hodgson named his squad for Euro 2012 last week, including Rooney in his 23-man party for the trip to Poland & Ukraine despite the 26-year-old’s ineligibility for the first two Group D matches through suspension.
With niggling injuries from the end of the season, Rooney was also in danger of travelling to this summer’s tournament with problems, but he’s hopeful everything will clear up before flying out after the manager gave him an extended break to gain full fitness.
“Was really impressed when I spoke with Roy Hodgson and he was keen for me to get some rest and a break to allow some injury niggles that have been affecting me over the last few weeks of the season, to clear up fully,” he wrote on his official Facebook page.
“Thanks to that bit of clever management I will be going into this tournament fully fit which is a first for me since Euro 2004 in Portugal. Looking forward to meeting up with the rest of the squad on the 29th May.”
The delay means Rooney will not be with the squad for the friendly against Norway in Oslo, but will be joining up in time to be involved in the match against Belgium at Wembley on June 2nd.
Rooney also took time to congratulate Chelsea on their Champions League success, admitting the win against Bayern Munich on penalties was a confidence boost for the nation, and hopefully a good omen going into the major championships. England lost in 2004 – the last time they played at the European Championships - on penalties in the quarter-finals.
“Congratulations to Chelsea. At last we have beaten the Germans on penalties in a major final, hope it's a good omen.”