Wayne Rooney is continuing his solo training sessions in Portugal ahead of the arrival of his England colleagues next week, and the Manchester United striker was urged on by his son Kai as he stepped up his World Cup preparations.
"Another good training session.....picking up the pace,” Rooney said after sharing a video on his official Facebook page. “Always good to have Kai on the sidelines cheering me on!"
Rooney, who was named in Roy Hodgson’s final 23 for the tournament in Brazil next month, and travelled to Portugal ahead of his international colleagues in a bid to sharpen his fitness after missing the final few games of the Premier League campaign.
The 28-year-old last played as Manchester United beat Norwich at Old Trafford in the first game of the interim tenure of Ryan Giggs, but was unavailable for the last three matches due to a groin problem.
Rooney, though, appears to be displaying no discomfort from the issue that had kept him away from Manchester United duty, with the forward having taken two fitness coaches on holiday with him in a bid to reach his peak once more.
The England No.10 posted a video on Facebook earlier this week of his initial sessions that contained lighter exercise, but has since increased the amount of ball work he has been doing, and seems to be near his optimum.
Kai, the eldest of his two sons, clearly thought so as he watched Rooney go through his paces, and will surely be hoping his dad is able to deliver the World Cup for England this summer.
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