We're focussed on the game, not the private life of players: Capello
Wayne Rooney will be in England's team for the European Championship qualifier against Switzerland despite a sex scandal at home because coach Fabio Capello believes the striker is in the right frame of mind to play.Updated: Sep 08, 2010 01:48 IST
Wayne Rooney will be in England's team for the European Championship qualifier against Switzerland despite a sex scandal at home because coach Fabio Capello believes the striker is in the right frame of mind to play.
Capello thinks Rooney is ready for Tuesday's match after talking with the Manchester United forward.
"(Rooney) told me he is ready to play and he wants to play," said Capello, who refused to reveal details of the conversation. "In training he was very good. It's good for us and the England team.
"We're focused on the game and not the private life of the players."
Two Sunday tabloids have alleged that Rooney cheated repeatedly on his then-pregnant wife last year with a prostitute. Rooney flew to Basel with the England squad on Monday following speculation he could miss the match to be with his family. Capello said he looked for Rooney to repeat his good form of last Friday, when he helped create all England's goals in a 4-0 victory over Bulgaria to begin Euro 2012 qualifying.
"He will also be in a good situation tomorrow, I hope," said the Italian coach, who will make one change in his lineup after defender Michael Dawson hurt his left knee and ankle against Bulgaria.
Capello dismissed suggestions that Rooney was receiving different treatment to John Terry, who was stripped of the England captaincy this year following tabloid revelations about his private life. "(Terry) was captain. But I never punished him (because) he played all the games," Capello said.
Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld suggested Monday that personal problems "will weigh" on Rooney, but that he should be selected. "I expect Capello will let Wayne Rooney play because he's in great condition at the moment and a coach isn't going to pass on a player of his caliber," Hitzfeld said at a news conference. "If you give England room then they're extremely dangerous. I think they've learned from their mistakes during the World Cup when they suffered counterattacks."
Hitzfeld has his own on-field issues with a Swiss team that has struggled to score and failed to win at home in six games, including a 0-0 draw with Australia in a friendly last Friday. "Total attacking to end the goal drought wouldn't be the right thing," said the veteran German coach at the Swiss team hotel at Feusisberg.
Kuyt ruled out for four weeks
London: Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt will be out of action for four weeks after injuring his shoulder on international duty for the Netherlands, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
The Dutchman fell awkwardly attempting a bicycle kick in training ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2012 Group E qualifier against Finland in Rotterdam.
First Published: Sep 08, 2010 01:44 IST