United deny Roo row claims

16 June 2006 09:31
Manchester United have denied claims that they tried to force the Football Association to pull Wayne Rooney out of England's World Cup squad. Rooney came on as a 58th minute substitute as England progressed to the last 16 of the tournament after securing their second Group B win on Thursday - 2-0 against Trinidad & Tobago. It was the 20-year-old's first appearance since he broke a metatarsal in United's defeat at Chelsea in April and some press reports suggested the club were unhappy with Eriksson's decision to use the player against the Soca Warriors. England and United were said to have differing opinions over Rooney's fitness and reports alleged that the 2006 Carling Cup winners were considering taking legal action against the FA. However, United have dismissed the reports with a club spokesman saying: "These claims are completely without foundation. "As a member of the England squad, we have no right to demand Wayne Rooney or anyone else be withdrawn."

Source: ESA