Football: England coach Hodgson selects Rooney amid Manchester United rift, injuries
LONDON (AP) - Wayne Rooney has been included in the England squad to face Scotland next week despite missing all of Manchester United's pre-season friendlies with injuries that have coincided with his fight to leave the Premier League champions.
The striker, whose attempts to join Chelsea are being blocked by United, played no part in United's tour of Asia and Australia last month because of a hamstring injury.
And United said that a right shoulder problem kept him out of the trip to Sweden earlier this week after he played in a behind-closed-doors training match against Real Betis last weekend.
But with key World Cup qualifiers looming next month, coach Roy Hodgson is confident Rooney will have recovered to face Scotland on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium as the rivals meet to mark the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association.