Wayne Rooney will play against Scotland, says Hodgson

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England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed Wayne Rooney will take part in the Three Lions' upcoming match against Scotland.

Hodgson has named Rooney in his squad despite the 27-year-old only featuring in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Real Betis since the end of last season.

Rooney only managed 45 minutes in the game and was later ruled out of Manchester United's midweek match against Swedish side AIK Fotboll due to a shoulder injury.

However, Hodgson has decided to name Rooney in his squad to face Scotland on Wednesday.

Speaking of his decision, Hodgson told Sky Sports News: "Obviously he is not fully match fit and that is pretty obvious.

"But the important thing for me was to have him in the squad and assess how many minutes he can play in the game and we will have to see and assess him when we meet up."

Hodgson confirmed he had spoken to Manchester United boss David Moyes to explain why he wanted to include Rooney in his squad.

He added: "I spoke to David [Moyes] and he understands that it is important to have Wayne with us.

"And Wayne of course wants to be part of the England set-up coming into these important qualification games. 

"We just have to accept that it might not be ideal that he hasn't played the minutes we would have liked in pre-season but it is very good he is able to join and be able to play the minutes we think he can play.

"When we meet up we will speak to him and see and make a judgement call on that and our condition people might have to help us out as well because the last thing I want to do is play him too long and run the risk of injury, but he is available to us and we are appreciative of that."

Hodgson refused to be drawn on recent speculation linking his star striker to Chelsea when asked about Rooney's ongoing transfer saga.

"We have to wait and see what transpires," explained Hodgson.

"There will always be that situation and it probably won't be the first situation where I pick a player who I think is good enough but is not playing for his club side. 

"I have had it for 16 months so I can cope with it."

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