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England boss Hodgson positive over Rooney fitness

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By Stephen Donovan

Saturday 31 May 2014

England manager Roy Hodgson has declared himself pleased with the fitness of striker Wayne Rooney after he played three quarters of the 3-0 friendly win over Peru on Friday, reports the Guardian.

Wayne Rooney

It was Rooney’s first outing since April 26, when he scored twice in Manchester United’s 4-0 win against Norwich City. He then missed the Red Devils’ final three games of the Premier League season due to injury.

Prior to the England squad meeting up, Rooney did some training in Portugal to help boost his fitness levels, and was deemed fit enough to play in behind Daniel Sturridge against the Peruvians.

It was not an all-action display from Rooney, but Hodgson was pleased with the 28-year-old’s effort. He said: “We think we know where he is in terms of how his fitness is being maintained or progressing.

‘We took him and [Steven] Gerrard off tonight, both important members of our squad because we don’t have too many senior players in the squad, and 3-0 seemed an opportunity to give the younger ones a go. I don’t have any fears in that respect [of his fitness]. His attitude and commitment are first-class, even in a game of this nature. He has two more weeks to keep that going.

“I was happy with Rooney’s performance and have no need to consider now which strikers I will play against Italy in Manaus in two weeks’ time. I’m very pleased with the options I’ve got in my strike-force and I have two weeks of training and matches to decide the line-up. I won’t decide until the last week or even the last day before the game [in Manaus].”

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