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Steven Gerrard says Rooney can fire England to victory

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Steven Gerrard says Wayne Rooney is ready to put his troubles at Manchester United to one side and fire England to victory against Scotland.

The Manchester United striker is reportedly seeking a summer switch to Chelsea, who have had two bids for his services turned down already.

Rooney missed Rio Ferdinand's testimonial as well as Manchester United's Community Shield win over Wigan last weekend, but reported to training with England on Monday and is expected to feature at Wembley tomorrow.

Despite the uncertainty that surrounds his future, Gerrard has backed Rooney to help fire the Three Lions to victory over their old rivals.

"He's the same old Wayne Rooney, he's been scoring goals, and he's ready to play," the Liverpool skipper told Sky Sports News.

"He's prepared really well, he needs minutes for his personal fitness and I'm sure he itching to start.

"His future is none of my business. It is all about how he is feeling for Wednesday's game. I'm sure he will sort out the other problems for himself.

"It is important we go in with confidence, because this is a big game for us. There'll be no holding back and we want to win.

"We have four big World Cup qualifiers coming up and this is a game against our old rivals so we are looking forward to it."

Gerrard also spoke out on another transfer saga that has dominated the headlines this summer - team-mate Luis Suarez's potential switch to Arsenal.

"If I can use my influence to try to make him stay I will try to do that," he said. "For Liverpool to move forward it's important we keep our best players.

"I really don't know what is going to happen with him but I'm really confident he won't be going to any one else in England."

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