England manager Roy Hodgson has said that he is happy to be able to call on Wayne Rooney for international duty despite the speculation surrounding the striker’s future. Hodgson has told Sky
Confusion had arisen as to whether the hit-man would be selected or not, due to the fact Rooney has rarely featured for United so far in their pre-season preparations. Speculation about the striker’s international selection had grown further when Manchester United boss Davis Moyes claimed that the player was unlikely to be fit for their Community Shield fixture against Wigan at Wembley on Saturday.
Hodgson revealed though that he has been in contact with Moyes, saying: “I have spoken to David and he understands that it is important that Wayne is with us.” England will face Moyes’ countrymen at Wembley on Wednesday.
Another surprise name amongst the selected squad for the match is Southampton’s Rickie Lambert. The former Bristol Rovers striker has been included after he netted 15 league goals for the Saints last season.
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