Wayne Rooney begins England training ahead of World Cup

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Wayne Rooney has been sharpening his skills with solo training sessions in sunnier climes as he bids to be fully fit for next month’s World Cup. The Manchester United striker was named in Roy Hodgson’s 23 for Brazil, but missed the final three games of the season with a groin complaint.

He posted on his official Facebook page: "Training is going well, looking forward to meeting up with the England squad and getting started!"

Rooney also shared a video showing him going through drills with members of the Manchester United fitness staff, and the 28-year-old appeared to be in good shape having not played since the Red Devils beat Norwich at Old Trafford - the first game under Ryan Giggs.

The Manchester United star is putting in some extra work with England set to convene in Portugal next Monday for a pre-tournament camp, before returning home for a farewell friendly against Peru at Wembley on May 30.

England and Rooney will be hopeful he has sufficiently recovered to feature against Peru, before the squad travel to the USA to face both Ecuador and Honduras in Miami ahead of finally heading to Brazil for the start of the tournament.

Following their extensive preparations, England will meet Italy in their opening World Cup encounter on June 14, before meeting Uruguay the following Thursday and completing their group fixtures against Costa Rica on June 24.

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