Eriksson hopes Rooney returns soon
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Eriksson hopes Rooney returns soon

England's coach is confident that his star striker will make an on-time comeback to be a part of the World Cup squad.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 15:16 IST

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson fears his World Cup squad will be distracted over the media obsession with Wayne Rooney's broken foot.

Eriksson is still confident the Manchester United striker will play some part in the World Cup, but he has requested his next CT scan be brought forward on June 7, two days before the FIFA deadline for replacing an injured player and three days before England's first game against Paraguay.

"Of course I wait as long as possible," Eriksson said. "I should be very stupid if not."

Both Eriksson and United manager Alex Ferguson were present at a meeting between England and Manchester United's medical teams on Monday.

"My request to do it before June 9th is a fair request," Eriksson said. "If we had to wait until the 14th, I can't do anything. So it's better to do before, it might be early but hopefully good indications."

When asked if he thought Rooney would kick a ball at the World Cup, Eriksson answered, "Yes. Nothing has changed for me. I always think he would play."

"I'm not a doctor, I'm supposed to be a manager, but you have feelings sometimes."

England defender Rio Ferdinand said Rooney was in good spirits despite being ruled out of England's three group games.

"I think he's just living in hope," Ferdinand said. "When it first happened, he was hoping that he'd be fit. Medically, he has to wait and see what the people say but he's like everybody else, like you guys, like myself, like the fans - he's hoping to be fit."

First Published: May 30, 2006 15:16 IST