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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 June 2006, 11:48 GMT 12:48 UK
Eriksson upbeat on Rooney fitness
Wayne Rooney
Rooney takes part in training on Tuesday
England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson remains confident striker Wayne Rooney will be involved in the World Cup.

The 20-year-old has stepped up his training after a broken foot but will discover the extent of his progress after Wednesday's scan in Manchester.

"I think he looks very good - but let the surgeons and the specialists have their say tomorrow," said Eriksson.

"Very soon we will know what is going to happen about him but I have always said I think he will be ready."

He added: "Let's wait until tomorrow afternoon or Thursday."

The Manchester United forward, who is recovering from a broken metatarsal, was pictured attempting a scissor kick in England's last training session on home soil on Monday before the squad flew to Germany.

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He spent Tuesday's training session with one of the England physios, going through some sprinting skills and some limited ball work.

The result of the scan will determine whether the striker will play any part in the World Cup finals.

On Tuesday, The Sun newspaper reported that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was unhappy at seeing his star man risking a recurrence of the injury.

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Ferguson has voiced his concerns about Rooney returning to action too soon and suffering long-term damage.

While Rooney's foot looks to be coping well with the various sprinting drills he has been put through, the big test will be how it stands up to the impact from physical challenges.

England and Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville, who missed the 2002 finals because of a broken metatarsal, had a word of warning over Rooney's chances.

"I was taken to the specialist thinking I would be given the all-clear but it wasn't to be and it is not always what you think," he said.

"I was jogging prior to my scan but I was told I had to have an operation four days later.

"I hope that doesn't happen to Wayne but until the surgeons meet tomorrow I don't think anyone knows for sure.

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"It is encouraging but sometimes it is not always how it appears."

He also urged supporters and the media to calm their expectations over Rooney, adding: "He has not trained for five or six weeks.

"The lad has had a broken foot, leave him alone - the medical people will make the decision."

Rooney suffered the injury in United's defeat by Chelsea on 29 April and was initially rated as a major doubt for the tournament.

However, his recovery now seems to be ahead of schedule and Eriksson has remained confident Rooney will be able to play some part in the tournament.

But the England and Manchester United physios must ensure his broken metatarsal is ready to withstand the impact of a fierce tackle before they allow him to take part in full-contact training.

Eriksson is resigned to being without the former Everton star at the start of the campaign but remains hopeful he will be fit if England reach the knockout rounds.

Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe travelled with the England party on Monday and is on standby - in case Rooney's scan shows he is unlikely to be fit.

Eriksson is pleased with how Defoe has performed in training but acknowledges the Tottenham striker may not figure in the tournament.

He conceded: "I think Jermain is happy to be here - but if I have to tell him to leave it's not a nice conversation I'll have with him.

"But he has been very good and is in good shape."



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