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Last Updated: Monday May 01 2006 08:55 GMT

Sven is set to gamble on Rooney

Rooney injured his foot on Saturday

England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has said he will take injured Wayne Rooney to the World Cup in Germany if there's a chance he'll be able to play.

The top striker broke a metatarsal bone in his right foot on Saturday and will be out of action for six weeks.

"Wayne is a world-class player and we will give him every chance to play in the World Cup; with such a huge talent you have to do that," said Sven.

And he added that England still have a good chance of winning the competition.

Sven insisted England were "one of four or five teams who can win the World Cup and this will not change that".

Owen news

The England manager said on Sunday that he had also received good news about Rooney's strike partner Michael Owen is who recovering from a similar foot injury.

He said: "I have spoken to both Wayne and Michael today and the news I have received from the doctor about Michael is very encouraging."

Owen played for the first time on Saturday since breaking a bone in his foot on 31 December, and complained of a dull ache around the injury.

Top class players

Wayne Rooney

Sven also reassured fans that the England squad still has lots of top class players in it.

He said: "I understand the injury news is a blow to every England fan but it is vital that we all remain positive so we can achieve success in Germany."

Sven will name his planned World Cup squad on 8 May, and the definite one on 15 May.