Wayne Rooney fit for England games
England striker boosts Roy Hodgson’s World Cup hopes after injury scare
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been declared fit for England’s crucial final World Cup qualifying games in a week’s time.
The 27-year-old was included in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad to face Montenegro and Poland at Wembley, despite missing Man United’s midweek Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk through injury.
But Red Devils boss David Moyes has assured fans that Rooney will be at full fitness not only when England face Montenegro next Friday, but for United’s seventh game of the season this Saturday.
He said to reporters: "Wayne Rooney will be okay for Saturday. He clashed shins with Danny Welbeck in training.
"At a push we probably could have risked him but we decided not to."
Rooney missed England’s qualifying games against Moldova and Ukraine last month through a head injury, which was coincidently also suffered in training.
Hodgson also welcomes another striker back to the squad in Liverpool’s Daniel
Sturridge, who, having started the season in outstanding form with seven goals, is odds-on to partner Rooney in the games.
Their availability is a timely boost for Roy Hodgson, who suffered a major striker shortage when England visited Ukraine in their last Group H clash.
England are top of their group with two games remaining, but with Ukraine, Montenegro and Poland all within three points, the national side they know can afford no slip ups.
Hodgson named the squad he hopes will secure their place in Rio for the World Cup next summer on Thursday, and it listed youngsters Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend.
Fraser Forster is included after his goalkeeping heroics for Celtic against Barcelona in midweek, and Danny Welbeck will return from suspension.
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy
Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere
Forwards: Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck
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