Exclusive: Rooney sends support to England team-mates

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Wayne Rooney might have been ruled out of England's upcoming qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, but the injured striker is still in regular contact with his international team-mates.

The Manchester United star says that spirits are high in the Three Lions camp, ahead of the crucial clashes that might well determine England's participation at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil next summer.

"Spoke to a couple of the England lads today and it seems training is going well," Rooney said on his official Facebook page.

"Everybody's really focused on getting a good result tomorrow. Good luck to all the lads."

Roy Hodgson's side host Moldova at Wembley on Friday evening, where they will be expecting three points to keep their qualification hopes alive, before travelling to Kiev to take on third-placed Ukraine at the Olympic Stadium next Tuesday.

If England are to qualify directly for the finals, they have to win both matches. A draw in Ukraine would mean no margin for error in their final two home qualifiers against Group H leaders Montenegro and Poland.

Rooney joined a growing list of absentees for both games, with defensive duo Glen Johnson and Phil Jones also omitted from the latest England squad.

Incidentally, Jones was the man responsible for injuring Rooney, after an accidental training ground clash caused a severe cut to the 27-year-old's head, which also forced him out of Manchester United's 1-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield last week.

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