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Sven waits on Rooney

06 Jun 2006 - 11:37:03

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is happy with Wayne Rooney's recovery from his broken foot and was encouraged by the striker's performance in training on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old was photographed on Monday attempting a scissor kick during the last training session before the squad flew to Germany and continued his rehabilitation on Tuesday.

Rooney will return to Manchester on Wednesday to have a scan on his injury to see if he will be fit enough to take some part in the World Cup.

An upbeat Eriksson said: "He looks very good in training but let's wait - very soon we will know what will be happening with him.

"He looks okay, very good, but let the surgeons have their say tomorrow. Hopefully we will know by Thursday morning at the latest. I will take a decision after I hear from the specialists.

"Everything is absolutely perfect although Steven Gerrard has a stiff back, but it shouldn't be a problem for Saturday at all.

"The players are fitter and more confident that they were in Portugal two years ago. They're more mature and better footballers, and some of them have won trophies with their clubs since 2004.

"I'm much more confident today with my team than I was in Korea and Japan four years ago.

"I'm not suffering from any pressure, I like working under pressure. We know we have a good team and that's when you have pressure, when you are good.

"If you have a bad team you have no pressure."


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