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FA still expect Rooney to travel

05 Sep 2010 - 11:01:28

Wayne Rooney is expected to travel with the England squad to Switzerland for next week's Euro 2010 qualifier despite allegations about his private life.

The Football Association claim the entire squad will travel to Basel for Tuesday's international despite Rooney finding himself at the centre of allegations in two Sunday newspapers.

The Manchester United striker was a key figure in Friday's 4-0 opening Euro 2012 victory over Bulgaria at Wembley.

The 24-year-old appeared to return to form following a disappointing World Cup in South Africa.

His partnership with Jermain Defoe, who scored a hat-trick, provided a timely boost for under-pressure coach Fabio Capello.

However, Capello may be forced to rethink his plans for Switzerland should Rooney decide to miss the trip to deal with what has been described as a personal crisis.

England are already without the services of Tottenham's Peter Crouch and Bobby Zamora of Fulham through injury.

That leaves Sunderland's Darren Bent or Carlton Cole of West Ham United as the only other strikers available to Capello.

The Italian is already struggling to cope with a number of other injury problems after Tottenham defender Michael Dawson was found to have damaged knee ligaments against Bulgaria.

He is facing eight weeks out of action and joins the first-choice central defensive partnership of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand on the sidelines.

West Ham's Matthew Upson or Gary Cahill of Bolton will partner Everton's Phil Jagielka at the heart of England's defence against Switzerland.


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