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Milner: Rooney is vital to England

05 Sep 2010 - 14:41:51

James Milner is hoping Wayne Rooney remains with the England squad ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland.

Two Sunday newspapers made a series of allegations concerning the private life of the Manchester United striker and reports claim he could pull out of the squad for Tuesday's encounter in Basel.

The Football Association claim the entire squad will travel to Switzerland on Monday for their second Group G game.

Rooney was one of the key players during Friday's 4-0 opening victory over Bulgaria after setting up all three of Jermain Defoe's goals.

Milner was speaking at a press conference ahead of the trip to Switzerland at which he revealed just how important Rooney is to the England side.

When asked how the United striker had trained since the newspaper allegations broke, he replied: "He did the full session. We had our full training session and back to football is what we're here to do.

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

"He's a top, top player and we want to put out the strongest team possible."

Meanwhile, Milner has backed Rooney to cope with the pressure he now finds himself under.

The Manchester City midfielder added: "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.

"Winning football matches is the only thing that matters."


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