England stars in Rooney rally
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Michael Owen and Paul Robinson have both backed Wayne Rooney's bid to be fit.
England duo Michael Owen and Paul Robinson both remain hopeful that Wayne Rooney will be on the plane for Germany.
Currently relaxing with their respective families in a training camp in Portugal, both players have spoken of their desire to have Rooney with them at the World Cup.
The Manchester United striker is to have an anxiously awaited scan on his metatarsal on Thursday, with a nation's hopes willing the right verdict.
Owen, who is confident that he will be at peak fitness for England's opener after an injury of his own, has a sneaky suspicion that Rooney will be lining up alongside him at some point in the summer.
''I'm sure he's in the best possible hands at Manchester United and if he did come over with England, it will be because he is 100 percent fit,'' he told Sky Sports News.
''Part of me tells me that he will be.''
Robinson, too, has echoed the words of his team-mate and is equally optimistic that England's talismanic figure will feature at some point.
''We're all optimistic. There are no calls for him to rush back for the first game,'' he said.
''But if he came and played any part that would be great.''
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has praised Sven Goran Eriksson's decision to set up a training camp, that has seen the players share time with their families and wives.
The influential midfielder believes England's preparations have been ideal and is quick to acknowledge that it is the finer details that can help make a successful tournament.
''It's a great start to our preparation,'' said Lampard. ''I've had a good week or so off with the family.
''I think it was a great idea by the manager. If you want to win the World Cup then the preparations have to be right.''