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Louis van Gaal dismisses Wayne Rooney's chances of playing for England in March

Published 28/02/2016 | 06:56

Wayne Rooney will miss out for England next month
Wayne Rooney will miss out for England next month

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed captain Wayne Rooney would miss out on next month's England friendly double-header as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

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The 30-year-old England striker was first expected to be ruled out until April after playing in the 2-1 defeat to Sunderland earlier this month when it was revealed he had damaged knee ligaments.

England travel to world champions Germany in a friendly on March 26 before they face Holland three days later at Wembley.

Any news of an early comeback was quashed on Sunday as Van Gaal told Daily Star Sunday: "No, he won't be ready for England next month."

Before he was reported in several newspapers as saying: "Wayne has a brace fitted now and he has to wear it for two-and-a-half weeks.

"After that we then have to look again. Now he's resting and isn't able to do any work yet.

"He has to be ready for us - not the English team."

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