Roy Hodgson confident Wayne Rooney will play against Scotland
Roy Hodgson is confident that Wayne Rooney will play some part against Scotland on Wednesday night.
Last Updated: 15/08/13 8:49am
The striker has played only 45 minutes of pre-season football because of hamstring and shoulder injuries, but Manchester United gave him permission to report for duty at St George's Park.
Rooney was out on the training pitch on Monday half an hour before the scheduled start of the session - and Hodgson believes he will have a part to play on Wednesday.
"Wayne looked good," Hodgson told Sky Sports News. "There is no doubt in my mind that he is not suffering any injury. It will be good to look at the data once the session has finished and speak to him about how he feels.
"He's been training on his own and doing his physical fitness work, but has not been involved with functional aspects of play.
"I'm expecting him to be fit and ready to take part this week. I don't expect him to have any repercussions from the session. The coaches and I will analyse the data and determine how many minutes he might get in the game."
Rooney's club future continues to be the subject of conjecture, but Hodgson does not expect it to impact on his performance for his country.
"It would be good if he can get his future sorted out," Hodgson added. "But I have been faced many times with a situation when players have not necessarily been playing in their club side, but they have still been selected.
"I'm not going to say if he is not selected for his club side then he will not be selected for England. He will always be considered for England because he is one of our best players."