David Moyes said it bodes well for Manchester United that Wayne Rooney played three-quarters of England’s 3-2 win over Scotland but refused to put a date upon the striker’s return to the team.
Rooney, who wants to leave Old Trafford for Chelsea, has been limited to 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Real Betis this pre-season because of hamstring and shoulder injuries.
But although he was not selected for United’s 2-0 Community Shield win over Wigan, England manager Roy Hodgson revealed the striker had been fit for several days beforehand.
Rooney then played 67 minutes at Wembley on Wednesday night before being replaced by Manchester City midfielder James Milner.
However, United manager Moyes did not say whether Rooney will feature in United’s opening Premier League game at Swansea on Saturday.
Moyes, who was acting as a pundit for ITV, said: “I think the important thing was that he got some playing minutes so that bodes well for us and hopefully it will start to get him ready for when he is fit and available to play.”
Moyes has been adamant he will not sell Rooney and United have rejected two bids from Jose Mourinho for the former Everton forward.
The United manager also said: “Everybody likes to see Wayne Rooney playing well. He has trained well since the start of pre-season.”
Moyes, a proud Scot, also joked that Danny Welbeck, one of England’s scorers, can expect to be punished for his goal in the friendly win.
“He won’t be invited back into training,” Moyes said.