Fergie quells 'wild dream' of Rooney making it

May 1, 2006

Sir Alex Ferguson has rebuked England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson for raising the 'wild dream' of Wayne Rooney appearing in this summer's World Cup finals.

Ferguson's initial reaction when Rooney broke his foot at Chelsea on Saturday was that the 20-year-old would not be fit enough to travel to Germany.

The Manchester United boss remains of the same opinion, even though he has pledged to do everything possible to try and get his star man fit.

However, Ferguson does not believe Eriksson's statement last night that he would be willing to select Rooney in his 23-man squad even if was not fit until the knockout phase was a help.

And he has not been slow in telling the Swede United will be the ones who ultimately decide whether the former Everton striker will go.

Ferguson said: 'We have to make sure we do not build up people's expectation, which is what is happening at the moment.

'Sven-Goran Eriksson saying he will take Wayne to Germany fit or not was something we didn't want to hear.

'We will do our best to get the boy to Germany but if he is not fit, he is not going to go.

'Sven is going on saying he will take the lad and then in six weeks' time he will have another two weeks to get fit to play in the quarter-final of a World Cup. That is a wild dream.

'All the other players will be extremely fit because they will have been playing and training for the previous two months. Players who are performing on that stage have to be 100% fit.

'Really, it is folly to suggest the boy could be out of the game for six weeks, then two weeks later go and play in the World Cup quarter-final.

'We will do our best to get the boy to Germany but it will be us who will be doing the consulting.

'We have the right people here to make sure this is done properly but we have to try to calm people down.'