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World Cup 2010: Rooney back in training after knock

ENGLAND v ALGERIA
Venue: Green Point Stadium, Cape Town Date: 18 June Time: 1930 BST Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live and ITV1; live text commentary and in-depth analysis on BBC Sport website Full details of BBC World Cup coverage

Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole
Rooney (left) and Ashley Cole are considered to be two of England's world-class players

England striker Wayne Rooney has returned to training after sitting out Monday's session with an ankle knock suffered against the United States.

Left-back Ashley Cole, who is usually given an extra day's rest because of an ongoing ankle complaint, was also back in training action in Rustenburg.

The only absentee was Ledley King, who could be out for three weeks after injuring his groin against the USA.

Midfielder Gareth Barry is now available to face Algeria on Friday.

The Manchester City player missed England's opening group C match, which they drew 1-1, but insists he is now fully recovered from the ankle problem suffered in early May against Tottenham which threatened his participation in the World Cup.

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"The ankle has been fine for probably 10 days," he told BBC Sport.

"Another week's training in the lead-up to the Algeria game and it should be spot on. If the manager would have asked me [to play against the USA] then I would have bitten off his hand to try and make the starting team."

Barry has been a regular first-choice selection under Capello and is expected to start against Algeria in Cape Town, while Manchester United's Rooney and Chelsea's Cole, both considered to be among a handful of genuinely world-class English players, were knocking the ball about freely on Tuesday upon their return.

But if, as BBC Sport understands, King is sidelined for three weeks, he would miss the remaining group matches and a potential last-16 match.

The Tottenham centre-back underwent a scan on Sunday, which confirmed he had a "groin muscle strain".

England's Robert Green

Highlights - England 1-1 USA

England still hope that the 29-year-old, who was effectively replacing injured captain Rio Ferdinand in manager Fabio Capello's starting line-up on Saturday, will play some part in the tournament and he will remain with the squad.

King's club team-mate Peter Crouch, who appeared as a second-half substitute against the USA, has said that Capello urged England's players to "still believe in themselves" after a fractured display in their opening match.

"The manager knows we can do better," Crouch said. "Obviously we can improve and we know that but there were those encouraging signs as well.

"We all know that and we have to make sure we get it right, starting against Algeria. But we didn't lose the game, like a lot of people seem to be making out - and we've got to go forward with confidence."



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see also
Beckenbauer attacks England style
15 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Injured King out for three weeks
15 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Carragher backs Capello's methods
14 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
'Sorry' Green vows to bounce back
13 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Bradley delighted to hold England
13 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010


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