Manchester United without Wayne Rooney for start of new Premier League season
Should England reach the semi-finals on either Jul 6 or 7 a four week break would see Rooney and Ferdinand back in training with Manchester United barely a week before the season starts on Aug 14. 'The World Cup can be a draining experience,' said Ferguson. 'It is the biggest tournament in their lives and they need rest. Related ArticlesEngland obsession runs deep for James MilnerManchester City consider upping Milner bidFabio Capello: I am under more pressure than everFabio Capello factor led to Carragher's England rethinkFA receives support over bid fiascoLampard learns penalty lesson'We will give those players 28 days off after their last game so I intend to start the season without them.' Rest is the last thing on Rooney's mind as he and the rest of the England squad gear up for the finals at a training camp in Austria, with manager Fabio Capello singling out the United forward for praise over his attitude and commitment. 'It's really important that the other players see that Rooney, one of the best players in the world, wants to stay on the pitch and wants to continue to learn,' said Capello. 'Wayne Rooney is one of the best talents I've ever coached. 'He's a very important player and a big talent. Every time Rooney trains he wants to learn and he always wants to stay on that training pitch for as long as possible.'
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