England boss Fabio Capello has ruled Wayne Rooney as fine to play, following concerns that the striker would not be in the right frame of mind after news broke of his father’s arrest.
48-year-old Wayne Rooney Snr. was arrested following betting irregularities at a Scottish Premier League football match. The England squad learnt of the news after they landed in Podgorica, ready for their Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro. This isn’t the first time Rooney has faced personal problems in critical moments for the national team, with marital problems and sex solicitation allegations being attributed to his underwhelming performances in the 2010 World cup.
However, Capello believes he isn’t letting his father’s arrest get in the way of his current run of fine form, saying: "Yes, he's OK. He's OK. No problems. Absolutely no problem.
"He's calm, relaxed. I think, in a really short time, everything will be… we'll find a solution.
I think he's in a good moment of form and there will be no problem for the game. In the last three days he's trained two days really, really well.”
England captain John Terry backed Capello’s affirmation of Rooney’s focus, saying: "Wayne's one of the best players in the world and he'll deal with it and go out and perform like he always does on the pitch. He's fine and focused on the game. We all know Wayne, the type of character he is. He'll certainly be OK."
Capello is likely to play Gary Cahill and John Terry in central defence, with many believing that Phil Jones could make his England debut in the place of the ousted Rio Ferdinand, as part of Capello’s plan to shake the squad up with younger players. Gerrard will not be making an appearance following his recovery from a groin injury, with Scott Parker likely taking over his dominant midfield position.
The much-maligned England boss later confirmed he wouldn’t be retiring as manager for the 2012 tournament, saying: “For me, life is about challenges. And all the games are a challenge. I hope we can speak about it tomorrow. But it's my desire to be the manager at the Euros. Absolutely. I've got a contract."
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