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Hodgson: No problem with Moyes

Roy Hodgson is adamant his selection of Wayne Rooney for England's friendly against Scotland will not cause problems between club and country.

Rooney has not featured in Manchester United's pre-season campaign due to hamstring and shoulder injuries but will report for duty with Hodgson's squad for next Wednesday's game.

The 27-year-old took to his official Facebook page on Friday night to thank the Three Lions boss, writing: "Can't wait to join up with the England squad and hopefully play in a competitive match, they always are against Scotland.

"Big thanks to Roy Hodgson for selecting me and showing his faith and support, appreciate it."

It has been suggested Rooney's club could be less happy about a player struggling for fitness being involved with England.

But coach Hodgson told Sky Sports News: "The only problem is that my selection of him could be used as a wedge between David Moyes and myself.

"There's not going to be any wedges put between us two, we've been friends for a very long time. David understands fully the situation.

"David knows what we have in mind and unfortunately we just have to accept that there'll be some opinions on the subject and that people will try to drive wedges, but it's wrong to do so.

"The situation is quite simply we have four very important games coming up in September and October.

"I haven't seen the players since we left Brazil three months ago. It's so important for me to have them around me now, the ones who are going to be important in September and October.

"Even if they can't play a full part in the game or might not play any part, I want them there for these two or three days because we are a team."

Rooney's Old Trafford future remains unclear, with Chelsea's interest no secret.

But Gary Neville, Rooney's former United team-mate and a member of Hodgson's coaching staff, told Sky Sports News: "It'll have no effect whatsoever on the England squad.

"I've played with Wayne Rooney for many years and I've been coach with England for the last year and a half. I've never seen him give anything other than 100 per cent in every single training session and it's an insult to suggest he would have any negative effect on any England squad.

"He's not that kind of lad. He's a good lad, a great player, a fantastically important player - not just for Manchester United but for England - and we'll just concentrate on looking after all the players and Wayne Rooney will come along and do his very best as he always does."


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