Euro 2012 - England National Team Update

 

Wayne Rooney, England National Team, Man Utd

Manchester United EURO 2012 Update

England boss Roy Hodgson says Man United striker Wayne Rooney turned down the chance of additional time off ahead of Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

Paul Scholes was not chosen because Hodgson decided there was not a “void” in his squad that would have required his selection.

Frank Lampard and new skipper Steven Gerrard will provide strength in the midfield. England boss, Hodgson views Rooney as an essential part of his plans, despite the 26-year-old being suspended for the first two group games.

Hodson told Rooney not to report for next Saturday’s friendly with Norway and Rooney was offered a further break to ensure he was fully recovered but he refused and will report for duty on Tuesday, May 29.

“Wayne has been playing with a minor injury for the last three or four games which needed a couple of weeks to clear up,” said Hodgson.

“He won’t be involved in the Norway game and I don’t know whether I will select him for Belgium at this stage. I offered him a couple more days’ rest but he was adamant he wanted to be part of it when we meet up for the Belgium game.”

“The fitness side doesn’t bother me. If he needs a bit of topping up we will do that. But his enthusiasm for the task was fantastic.”

Asked about Steven Gerrard, Hodson replied, “.. a lot of recent England performances have not hit the heights as far as the media and general public are concerned.”

“I know Steven is burning to bring the qualities he has got to England. He has made that perfectly clear to me.

“I have been buoyed by some of the conversations I have had. You never know when you speak to players who have not always had the best of times and taken a lot of criticism for their performances.

“I wasn’t certain I was going to get that enthusiasm – ‘pick me, I want to play, give me that shirt, please don’t take it from me’.”

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