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Thursday 22 February 2018

Rooney demands game time

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney

Jason Burt

Wayne Rooney has publicly told David Moyes that he needs a run of games to regain "100 per cent" fitness even though he is still pushing for a move to Chelsea.

Rooney, who came on as a substitute in Manchester United's 4-1 victory at Swansea, also voiced his frustration at a difficult pre-season for him. He refused to discuss his United future but is still considering whether to submit a transfer request to see whether he can drive through a move to Chelsea before the transfer window closes on September 2. United are adamant he will not be sold this summer.

Rooney admitted he was still lacking in "sharpness" and, pointedly, he again thanked England manager Roy Hodgson for playing him, but did not mention his club.

"You obviously need that sharpness," Rooney said. "I haven't had that many training sessions with the first team (at United) because they have been away. I might be lacking that bit of sharpness but hopefully that will come. I need to try and get a few more games in.

"You always look forward to having a good pre-season. Unfortunately I got the injury to my hamstring and then to my shoulder. I have been working hard on the training ground trying to get myself fit and I was just thankful to get the minutes in against Scotland. That's thanks to the manage (Hodgson)."

Rooney said it was now important for him to "kick on" from his international appearance. "I had a few painkillers for the shoulder injury," he added. "It was great to have the minutes and now I'm looking forward to hopefully getting a few games."

Sunday Independent

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