Germany forward Schurrle clarifies Rooney comments

Germany and Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle has moved to clarify comments he made regarding England’s Wayne Rooney, ESPN has reported.

Schurrle’s comments were presented as if he was casting doubt on Rooney’s ability – that he would not be good enough to get in the Germany team – but Schurrle insists that is not how he meant his words to be taken.

Quoted in the Daily Mail, Schurrle said: “Rooney is a great player, but we have good quality too, in every position, and maybe twice, so I don’t know if he would play.” But he has since denied that is what was meant by what he said.

That’s not what I meant to say, that Rooney won’t play here,” Schurrle explained. “ He’s a great player, everyone knows he’s a world-class player. The interview – I don’t know which paper it was – is not correct.

England and Germany meet at Wembley on Tuesday as part of the Football Association’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Roy Hodgson’s side go into the game on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to Chile, while Germany drew 1-1 with Italy in their Friday friendly.

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