Wayne Rooney trains with England
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Wayne Rooney began England training 30 minutes early on Monday morning, a day after missing Manchester United’s Community Shield win because of injury.
Rooney was not included in David Moyes’ squad for the 2-0 victory over Wigan at Wembley because of a shoulder injury but he took part in shooting and passing practice with England goalkeepers and coaches at 10:00am before the rest of the squads arrival at 10:30am.
The 27-year-old striker put in a typically combative display during the open part of the training session, launching into tackles and harrying his team-mates for the ball in several drills.
Rooney’s future at United is uncertain with Chelsea having two bids rejected this summer. However, Moyes again expressed his desire to keep the player at Old Trafford this season on Sunday and insisted he wasn’t for sale.
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 on Sunday.
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.
Meanwhile, former United striker Dwight Yorke has said that Rooney just needs to "be loved" and that a warmer approach may keep him at Manchester United, but the player should still not be for sale at any price.
Yorke has come to know the English forward well since returning to Old Trafford in an ambassadorial, but acknowledges that a sale is still a possibility.
"I know Wazza, I speak to Wazza intimately," Yorke said at Sky Sports’ 2013-14 season launch. "I spent some time around him, you know, the guy just wants to play football. He doesn’t feel he’s getting the playing time at United that he deserves and if that has happened, someone of his calibre, someone of his quality, you’re coming into your best form, the best time of your playing career [at the age of 27].
"All he just wants to do is play, and be loved and be told he’s great. You can’t be one of the best players to ever play at United the last five years, like he’s been before [Robin] Van Persie last year. He’s been our best player by a mile. Suddenly this year he hasn’t been able to play in key games and that has sparked the whole thing but the lad just wants to play.
"I think that he’s at, in my opinion, the best club and Wazza, if he does go to any other club that would be a regret, in my opinion of course. He may not see it that way, he’ll feel very strongly in his hear, that he’ll feel like he needs a change, but we tried to tell him that this is the best place.
"I feel that Wazza has a lot to offer still, at 27 as I said, you just need him to have that confidence back, that sort of swagger that he has, just put your arm around him because he’s one of those type of players. Until he doesn’t feel he’s getting that, then I think that he will seek his service somewhere else.
"Part of me is telling me that he would [go], and part of me is telling me that David Moyes and Manchester United have to do everything to keep him. If they do that, and they keep him, that’s great but I know there is half of him that wants to leave as well.
"What I am trying to say is that Wayne Rooney should not be for sale at any cost right now. Without Wayne Rooney being at that football club, United will find it very difficult, not only in the Premier League but in Europe as well. That is the kind of value that you put on Wayne now. I have a little bit of insight without going into too much detail but the boy just wants to be let feel that he can play football. Let him get on with it and go out and express himself. We are talking about a kid who is in his prime."
Jamie Carragher, meanwhile, believes Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would not have talked so publicly on Rooney had Sir Alex Ferguson still been Manchester United manager.
"You probably could argue these are the things Manchester United have to put up with now. It’s changed now Alex Ferguson’s not there. I certainly don’t think he’d have come out with those comments about Rooney if Sir Alex Ferguson was still there. With the change at Manchester United you’re going to see more and more of this type of thing. That wouldn’t have happened before at Manchester United."
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.