Don't rush your return, Beckham warns Rooney
"If he's not right, then he has to look after himself," England captain said. "He can't take risks or rush it. He's got a huge future."Updated: May 16, 2006 13:51 IST
England captain David Beckham said he doesn't want Wayne Rooney to be rushed back from injury in order to play at the World Cup.
Rooney broke his right foot on May 6 while playing for Manchester United against Chelsea in an English Premier League match, but was still named in England's World Cup squad.
Yesterday, England team doctor Lief Sward said Rooney's progress was 'very, very positive' after he was seen cycling around United's training ground.
Beckham had a similar injury two months before the start of the 2002 World Cup. He played in every England game, but he wasn't 100 per cent.
"If he's not right, then he has to look after himself," Beckham said. "He can't take risks or rush it. He's got a huge future."
Beckham said he was looking forward to playing an international tournament fully fit for the first time since the 1998 World Cup.
"I feel great," Beckham said. "The most important thing for me is to be right physically, then I can perform. I have no injuries, touch wood, and so I'll be going into the competition fully fit."
England opens its World Cup campaign against Paraguay on June 10, and later plays Trinidad and Tobago and Sweden in Group B.
First Published: May 15, 2006 16:26 IST