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Rooney returns to Germany

07 Jun 2006 - 22:54:41

Wayne Rooney has returned to Germany following a scan on his injured foot, with reports suggesting he has been included in England's World Cup squad.

No official statement has been made, but the BBC insist an unnamed FA spokesman has told them the 20-year-old Manchester United striker is in Sven-Goran Eriksson's 23-man squad.

Rooney broke a metatarsal in his right foot while playing for Manchester United in April against Chelsea.

He had spent two hours at a Manchester clinic while doctors studied the results of Wednesday's scan before flying back to Germany and returning to Baden-Baden where the England squad is based.

If Rooney is still the squad, Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, who had been on standby, will return to England.

A brief statement on United's official website read: "Wayne Rooney has arrived back in Germany, following his scan at a private hospital in Whalley Range, Manchester.

"However, no official statement has yet been made regarding the outcome of the analysis on Wayne's injured foot.

"Fans and media alike may have to wait until Thursday morning for more news."


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