Sven to have final say
08 Jun 2006 - 12:12:26
Sven-Goran Eriksson has declared Wayne Rooney injury free and ready to play in England's World Cup campaign as soon as his match fitness is up to scratch.
Rooney underwent a scan on his fractured metatarsal on Wednesday and was given the green light to take his place in England's squad for the tournament following discussions between medical teams from Manchester United and the Football Association and independent specialist Professor Angus Wallace.
United are understood to have some reservations about the striker's participation in Germany and a statement from the club claimed the 20-year-old "will require very careful assessment in order to address his suitability" to play.
Eriksson is happy for Professor Wallace to examine the youngster again when England's medical staff feel he is ready to play, but made it clear he and Rooney will make the final decision.
"The good news from yesterday evening and today is Rooney has no more injury," Eriksson told a press conference at England's training base in Baden-Baden on Thursday.
"He is injury free and it is up to us now to get him match-fit and when we think he is match-fit I am prepared to take him to any specialist we or Manchester United want to take him to.
"Professor Wallace assured me this morning that he will be here when we think he is match fit.
"I'm prepared to listen to everyone and discuss with them about Wayne Rooney but the last say in this story is Rooney's and mine.
"I'm doing this in the best interests of Rooney, the England team and 40 million England fans. I'm responsible for it and I don't want any more discussions about Rooney until I tell you he is match fit.
"I don't want my players talking about Wayne Rooney's foot or injury and I hope you respect that."