Milner: We won't be affected by Rooney allegations
05 September 2010 02:23
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James Milner, the England midfielder, is confident his international teammates will not let revelations about the private life of Wayne Rooney affect the performance against Switzerland on Tuesday night. The News Of The World and Sunday Mirror ran stories about Rooney's alleged lack of fidelity to his wife Colleen, but the Football Association have said there are no plans for the Manchester United forward to leave the squad. Rooney trained with the rest of the team on Sunday morning and is scheduled to fly with them to Basle on Monday. Milner tried to avoid answering questions on Rooney specifically, but did say minds should remain focused on football. "I think it's important that we go out there and win football matches. That the biggest thing for us to concentrate on," he said. "We've got to make sure things in the paper don't affect us - good things or bad things. We've got to make sure we get the result." Rooney was impressive against Bulgaria on Friday night, setting up all three goals for Jermaine Defoe. "You want your best players out on the field and he's one of those. He's a top, top player and you want to play the best team possible," added Milner. "He's a top player. He showed that on Friday. That's all I can tell you. You're going to have to ask him the other questions."