Football: Rooney won't be ready for England's friendlies, says van Gaal

Wayne Rooney will not be able to play against Germany and the Netherlands next month due to his knee injury.
Wayne Rooney will not be able to play against Germany and the Netherlands next month due to his knee injury.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Wayne Rooney will miss England's friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands next month due to his knee injury, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal told a British Sunday newspaper.

England captain and record scorer Rooney, 30, damaged knee ligaments during United's 2-1 defeat at Sunderland earlier this month.

England play world champions Germany in a friendly in Berlin on March 26 before hosting the Netherlands three days later as they build up to Euro 2016 and van Gaal said that Rooney will not be available for selection.

"No, he won't be ready for England next month," United's Dutch manager told the Daily Star Sunday. "Wayne has a brace fitted now and he has to wear it for 21/2 weeks. After that we then have to look again.

"Now he's resting and isn't able to do any work yet. He has to be ready for us - not the English team."