Milner hoping Rooney will be available

05 September 2010 03:00

James Milner is hoping Wayne Rooney makes the trip to Switzerland with England for Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifying match.

Allegations about Rooney's private life were made in the News of the World and Sunday Mirror newspapers, leading to speculation the Manchester United striker may stay behind. FA sources have indicated to Press Association Sport that no decision has yet been taken and as it stands, Rooney is expected on the flight.

Milner explained that Rooney had played a full part in training on Sunday and said: "He did the full session. We had our full training session and back to football is what we're here to do. He's a top, top player and we want to put out the strongest team possible."

He added: "I think you want the best players out on the field and he's obviously one of them. He showed that the other night."

Milner was pressed for more detail about Rooney's frame of mind but stressed: "You're going to have to ask him."

Manchester City midfielder Milner does not expect the claims about Rooney to affect the England squad.

"We've got to make sure they don't," he said. "Things are always said in the paper, good things, bad things, about the England team when results are going well and when they're not going well.

"You have highs, you have lows, and it's down to us to make sure only thing that matters is on the field, come together and make sure we get the result."

Milner indicated England have only the match against the Swiss on their minds.

"Winning football matches is the only thing that matters," he said. "We're here to win a football match. We've all trained as a squad in preparation for the game on Tuesday. It's a big game, and it's down to us go out and get the right result."

Source: PA