Soccer

Rooney thanks Hodgson

2013-08-10 10:24
Wayne Rooney (AFP)

London - Unsettled Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has praised Roy Hodgson for showing faith by picking him for England's friendly against Scotland.

Rooney is yet to figure in a pre-season game for United due to hamstring and shoulder problems and, with reports continuing to suggest he could join Chelsea before the transfer window shuts, he was again missing as David Moyes' team were beaten by Sevilla in Rio Ferdinand's testimonial at Old Trafford on Friday.

The 27-year-old is apparently keen to quit United after falling out with Alex Ferguson last season and, with Moyes so far unable to persuade him to change his mind, Chelsea have made two unsuccessful bids to sign the forward.

Rooney has been training with United's reserves in a bid to prove his fitness, but his lack of match practice has not prevented England boss Hodgson from selecting him for Wednesday's clash with Scotland at Wembley.

Hodgson insisted he had spoken to both the player and Moyes before confirming his squad.

But Rooney has acknowledged his inclusion on his official Facebook page in a move that could be interpreted as a swipe at Moyes.

"Can't wait to join up with the England squad and hopefully play in a competitive match, they always are against Scotland," Rooney said.

"Big thanks to Roy Hodgson for selecting me and showing his faith and support, appreciate it."


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