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Moyes unfazed by Rooney call up

August 11, 2013
By ESPN staff

Manchester United manager David Moyes insists he is not angered by England boss Roy Hodgson's decision to select Wayne Rooney for England duty, despite the striker still recovering from shoulder surgery.

Wayne Rooney England v Ireland
PA PhotosRooney could make his return from injury against England.

Rooney is unlikely to take part in United's Community Shield clash against Wigan on Sunday, but could feature in England's clash with Scotland on Wednesday.

Despite claims Moyes was disgruntled by the selection, which risks the 27-year-old being ruled out of next week's Premier League opener against Swansea, the Scot has revealed Hodgson consulted him before including Rooney.

"I had a long conversation with Roy about it last week," Moyes told MUTV. "Wayne has had a shoulder injury. He has been sore with it, which has meant he has not been able to have any contact, so he hasn't trained with us [the first team].

"He has trained a little bit with the reserves as a non-contact player, a floating player, so at least he got a little bit of football work. He trained with the first team today [Saturday] and he did a bit of extra work, so he is probably more likely to be ready for England than he will be for us [against Wigan].

"You've got to remember he has had no football practice. I explained all this and I would only expect Roy to play him for a short time."

Hodgson also attempted to play down reports of a rift with the new United boss.

"The only problem is that my selection of him could be used as a wedge between David Moyes and myself," he told Sky Sports News. "There's not going to be any wedges put between us two, we've been friends for a very long time. David understands fully the situation.

"David knows what we have in mind and unfortunately we just have to accept that there'll be some opinions on the subject and that people will try to drive wedges, but it's wrong to do so."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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