Nike Total 90 Laser football boot wearer Rooney returned from his recent foot fracture for Manchester United at Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Champions League towards the end of last month before scoring his season opener at Old Trafford in the Red Devils 1-0 defeat of Roma on Tuesday night.
The former Everton striker will be hoping to renew his partnership with Umbro X Boot III wearer Michael Owen, who has suffered recent injury problems of his own. Owen has been on fire in recent England internationals, bagging three goals in two Euro qualifiers against Israel and Russia last month. However the Newcastle hitman is currently recovering from recent stomach surgery, carried out in Germany.
England captain John Terry has been another injury doubt after suffering a depressed fracture of his right cheekbone, following an aerial challenge with Fulham’s Clint Dempsey at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.
Terry however said today: “I’m definitely ready to play for England. I’m fit now and no excuses.”
The Chelsea centre half showed his fighting qualities by leading the Blues to a 2-1 Champions League win in Valencia on Wednesday, only a few days after cheekbone surgery. Terry was passed fit to play but wore a protective mask to prevent inflicting any further trauma to his cheekbone.
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The news is not so good for a re-energised Emile Heskey (Nike Air Legend) who was one of the bright points in last month’s Euro qualifiers. Heskey is still recovering from, yes you guessed it, a fractured metatarsal. Heskey’s absence has signalled a return for long term injury victim Dean Ashton, whilst fellow Puma v.106 football boot wearer Peter Crouch is back from suspension.
David Beckham (Adidas Predator Absolute Globe) remains on the treatment table whilst Frank Lampard (Adidas Predator Absolute) is named in the squad although he is still recovering from a thigh injury. If Lampard fails to recover, McClaren may continue with the Stevie Gerrard (Adidas Predator Absolute) and Gareth Barry (Umbro Speciali ’07) partnership in midfield, which impressed many in the recent Russia and Israel qualification games.
England squad to face Estonia and Russia:
Goalkeepers: Carson, James, Robinson.
Defenders: Brown, Campbell, A Cole, Ferdinand, Lescott, P Neville, Richards, Shorey, Terry.
Midfielders: Barry, Bentley, J Cole, Downing, Gerrard, Lampard, Wright-Phillips, Young.
Strikers: Ashton, Crouch, Defoe, Johnson, Owen, Rooney, Smith.