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Rooney starts for England

14 Aug 2013 21:02:00

Rooney starts for England

Wayne Rooney was deemed fit enough for a place in Roy Hodgson's starting XI as England took on Scotland for the first time in 14 years.

The Manchester United striker, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea, is yet to play a recognised pre-season game due to what his club say is a shoulder injury, but he was handed a start against the Scots tonight at Wembley.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere made just his second start for England since June 2011 while Steven Gerrard skippered the side after missing the summer friendlies against Brazil and Republic of Ireland.

Scotland, who won 1-0 the last time they came to Wembley, welcomed back Kenny Miller and Scott Brown, who missed their last game - an impressive victory in Croatia two months ago.

Celtic midfielder James Forrest also came in to Gordon Strachan's starting XI for Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan.


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