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Rodwell available for England duty

13 Nov 2010 - 10:17:16

Everton manager David Moyes has allowed youngster Jack Rodwell to team up with the England Under-21s squad, despite not being fully-fit.

He has not featured for the Toffees since injuring an ankle in the defeat to Aston Villa on August 29, but after being named on the bench for the previous three games, Moyes believes it will do him some good linking up with Stuart Pearce's young lions ahead of next week's game with Germany.

With a Premier League clash against Arsenal at Goodison Park next up, the Scot has also suggested he may be ready to make a return.

"Today is the first day I have actually thought, 'Yes, you're looking better'," he said.

"He's said this morning he is feeling more confident in his ankle, so I'm happy for him to go with the under-21s.

"With a bit of luck he might get a bit of that game, which will help him improve his fitness and give him some match time.

"He is closer, he has got a chance of starting this weekend. I don't think in the last couple of games he was, but he is now just about there."


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