Manchester United and England star Danny Welbeck, is almost certain to miss England’s World Cup opener against Italy due to injury. The striker is believed to have injured his thigh in training on Tuesday, with the FA set to give the fans an update on his situation at some point today.
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Wayne Rooney is set to start out on the left wing for England, according to the usually reliable Guardian newspaper. In training yesterday, Rooney was deployed out on the left wing, rather than the central role that he has recently been used to playing.
Manchester United’s attacking duo of Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney both start for England as the Three Lions take on Peru at Wembley tonight. Rooney was always going to start, although I’m particularly happy to see Welbeck involved though, as he desperately needs all the minutes he can get.
Earlier this week Paul Scholes wrote a blog in which he claimed Wayne Rooney was past his peak, and this morning Steven Gerrard has leapt to the defence of Rooney – suggesting that Paul Scholes’ comments were wrong and Rooney still has something to offer.
With the World Cup just a few weeks away, the squads have been announced and here are the Manchester United players that will be heading to Brazil. Despite having a poor season, the club have no fewer than fourteen participants at this years tournament in Brazil.
Roy Hodgson and Gareth Southgate have named their respective England squads for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers, and it includes no fewer than ten Manchester United players amongst both squads. Ashley Young has missed out though, and due to recent performances it is hardly surprising.
Although the domestic season has just finished, England play host to the Republic of Ireland for the first time in almost twenty years. It has already been confirmed that Ashley Cole will captain the side on his 100th cap, but bizarrely won’t do any captains duties such as press conferences.
After playing at three World Cups, United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from international duty at the age of 34. The defender hasn’t played for England since June 2011, but got recalled to the last England squad for World Cup Qualifiers, before he pulled out due to his training regime.
Roy Hodgson has named his starting XI for the World Cup qualifier against San Marino, and has named four United players amongst his starting line-up, Rooney will lead the line alongside Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe, with Ashley Young playing on the wing, Tom Cleverley in the centre and Chris Smalling at the back.
An international break in the middle of a hectic domestic schedule isn’t the best idea UEFA have ever had but it has to be said that England played really well for large portions of the game in their 2-1 victory over Brazil. Rooney scored the opening goal in the game and on the whole put in a good performance.