Rooney injury positive effect for England World Cup quest

28th April 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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The one sight that England fans do not want to see ahead of the World Cup, is Wayne Rooney nursing any kind of injury. But that is exactly what has happened, with Rooney missing domestic and European matches for his club Manchester United, with an ankle injury. But the prolific goalscorer, who has just recently been crowned the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year, is putting a positive spin on his injuries, by stating that the knocks he has picked up in a long season, could actually help England’s campaign at South Africa 2010. This is because he is getting some valuable rest time ahead of the tournament, so by the time England start their World Cup Fixtures on June 12th against the USA, he will be fully recharged.

One of England boss Fabio Capello’s main worries over his star striker, was that he was being overworked by Alex Ferguson, and the 24 year old could have been burned out ahead of the tournament. But these enforced rests will calm Capello a bit, and the timing of them could be ideal for Rooney and England. Things would have been a lot worse for Betting on England at the World Cup if Rooney had picked up these injuries closer to the start of the tournament. England is undoubtedly reliant upon the goalscoring feats of Rooney, who finished the qualification in Europe as the top scorer. His recent accolade given by the PFA is just rewards for an incredible season by the striker.

Rooney has missed the last few games for his club, which has hindered their hopes of retaining their Premier League crown in England. There have been mixed reports from the Manchester United camp, with some reports citing that Rooney may miss the rest of the domestic season, while some reports expect him back as soon as May 9th, in the club’s penultimate match of the campaign. But United are still in the hunt for the title, and England certainly could benefit from a prolonged Rooney rest. Rooney will be England’s most influential player at the World Cup, and a lot of their hopes are hinging on him carrying through his form to the tournament in South Africa. England are in Group C of the tournament, paired alongside the USA, Slovenia and Algeria.

World Cup betting odds has England as third favourites to lift the World Cup, but there is a lot of reliance upon their first team selection, with the squad not being as strong in depth as some of the other main contenders like Spain and Brazil.

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