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Rodwell still targets World Cup spot

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Manchester City and England midfielder Jack Rodwell returned to action for Manchester City's Elite Development Squad on Wednesday night, and says he's available for the first team's Saturday league fixture against West Ham.

Rodwell has been out since September with a hamstring injury but City boss Manuel Pellegrini will be pleased that his young midfielder completed 90 minutes for the EDS' penalty shootout win over Rochdale in the Manchester Senior Cup.

The 22 year-old missed a penalty in the shootout but was pleased to play through the whole match. "It was good to get a full 90 minutes under my belt." Rodwell told the official Manchester City website.

"I've been out for a couple of weeks now, so I think I needed the match practise.

"I've not had a lot of game time this season. I've missed quite a lot of football so it was good exercise for me"

The central midfielder has featured just once this season for Manchester City, starting in the game against Stoke City in September.

However Rodwell has made himself available against West Ham United on Saturday. "I'm fit so I'm available for selection." He said.

"I've not trained too much but I'm available."

Despite making just 12 appearances since his £12m move to the club from Everton in 2012, Rodwell still has ambitions of making the England World Cup squad next year. "I'm taking it one step at a time" he added.

"Obviously I'm happy with the England result and I've got my eye on the World Cup in Brazil, but one step at a time. I'm just hoping I get in the (Manchester City) team soon and keep playing". 

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