Monday 19 February 2018

Rooney shows no sign of shoulder injury during England training

England's Wayne Rooney during the training session at St George's Park today
England's Wayne Rooney during the training session at St George's Park today
England's Wayne Rooney (L) and assistant coach Gary Neville laugh during a training session today
England's Wayne Rooney during the training session at St George's Park
Wayne Rooney has been included in the England squad despite not featuring for Manchester United in their pre-season campaign

Paul Hirst

There was no sign of Wayne Rooney's shoulder injury troubling him this morning as he began England training half an hour early today.

The Manchester United striker missed yesterday's Community Shield win over Wigan with a shoulder problem he suffered in pre-season.

United boss David Moyes said it was unlikely that Rooney would play against Scotland on Wednesday because of the injury, but today he looked in top shape as he sped out to train at St George's Park.

The striker came out to train just after 10am, a full half-hour before England's training session was due to begin.

He did a few stretches before taking part in some shooting and passing practice with the England goalkeepers and coaching staff while the rest of the squad remained indoors before emerging shortly after 10:30am.

Rooney's future has been the subject of much speculation this summer, with Chelsea having made two bids to sign the 27-year-old.

Moyes yesterday reiterated his desire to keep Rooney, insisting the former Everton man was not for sale.

Rooney put in a typically combative display during the open part of the session, launching into tackles and harrying his team-mates for the ball in several drills.

Meanwhile, the six Manchester United players who played in the Community Shield - Danny Welbeck, Chris Smalling, Wilfried Zaha, Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones - were all absent after their exertions at Wembley.

They took part in a warm-down session inside along with Everton duo Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines - who played in a friendly against Real Betis yesterday.

Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill, who have been in the United States with Chelsea, will join up with the squad tomorrow.

Eight players from the Under-21 squad, including Manchester United's Jesse Lingard and Tottenham's Tom Carroll, made up the numbers at the session, which was taken by England manager Roy Hodgson and his staff.

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