Rooney not fit for England duty, insists Man Utd boss Moyes

Manchester United manager David Moyes has insisted Wayne Rooney is not fit enough to play for England against Scotland on Wednesday, the Daily Mirror has reported, and that the striker will not be leaving the Premier League champions for rivals Chelsea this summer.

Moyes was speaking after overseeing United’s victory in the Community Shield – a Robin van Persie brace seeing off FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic – and rejected the suggestion that Rooney was fit enough to have featured in the match. The former Everton boss said that if Rooney does play for England in midweek, it will be clear for all to see that he is struggling for fitness after a pre-season disrupted by injury.

I don’t see what’s confusing,” Moyes said. “I have spoken to Roy [Hodgson] for over two hours at different times. Roy knows the situation. Wayne has trained and some of you might not like to hear this.

I want him to join up. He is not ready and you will probably see that in the game. He will probably play a chunk but he has not had enough football…Just 45 minutes against Real Betis in the friendly,” Moyes added.

Apart from that there has been no match action and you probably wouldn’t expect somebody in that condition to play a great spell. He is coming back. It will be great for Manchester United so hopefully he can get some playing time. He has a chance to be ready for Wednesday.

Moyes was also questioned over Rooney’s future as Chelsea maintain their interest in the forward, but the Scot gave short shrift to the chances of Rooney moving to Stamford Bridge and if his stance would weaken on the matter. “Just what I said. He’s not for sale. I’m not changing so there’s no more to answer to your question,” Moyes replied.

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