Capello confirms Rooney will face Switzerland
06 Sep 2010 - 16:15:46
Fabio Capello has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will play in Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier between England and Switzerland despite the Manchester United star's much-publicised off-field problems.
The 24-year-old has been the subject of intense scrutiny in his private life and there had been some speculation that he may not even fly to Switzerland. The News of the World and Sunday Mirror alleged he had slept with a prostitute while his wife Coleen was pregnant with their son.
However, Rooney boarded the flight on Monday morning and took part in a training session at St Jakob Park after landing in Switzerland.
"He was really good in training and he will be in a good situation on Tuesday," said Capello. "I hope his performance will be the same as at Wembley (against Bulgaria)."
The England coach will need to make sure his star man is in the right frame of mind though as his side look to build on Friday's 4-0 triumph over Bulgaria.
In total, Capello has 22 men available for the match. He decided not to bring in a replacement for ankle injury victim Michael Dawson as, in Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill, Matthew Upson and Joleon Lescott, he already has four centre-halves.
In addition, Watford's Scott Loach has made the journey as third-choice goalkeeper after Scott Carson was forced to withdraw from the squad due to a family bereavement.