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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 May 2006, 06:37 GMT 07:37 UK
England plot Rooney back-up plan
Tord Grip and Sven-Goran Eriksson
Grip and Sven-Goran Eriksson working on alternative to Wayne Rooney
England number two Tord Grip admits Sven-Goran Eriksson has not yet devised a Plan B to deal with Wayne Rooney's possible absence from the World Cup.

The Manchester United striker, 20, is likely to miss England's group games after breaking a bone in his foot against Chelsea on Saturday.

Grip told the Sun: "We're working on Plan B now - but just how that plan looks, I really don't know.

"We are optimistic Michael Owen will play, but it's not so good for Wayne."

England face the possibility of being without both first-choice forwards for this summer's tournament as Owen recovers from a broken metatarsal bone in his foot.

Grip added: "Of course it's serious when our top two forwards are both injured.

"We will know more when our doctor, Leif Sward, meets United doctor Michael Stone for talks on Thursday."

Eriksson has to name his 23-man squad for Germany on 15 May but will announce a provisional squad on 8 May.




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