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Rooney reveals head injury

England forward Wayne Rooney has posted a picture online of the head injury that has ruled him out of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Last Updated: 05/09/13 at 07:51 Post Comment

Wayne Rooney: Not fit to play for England (Copyright: Wayne Rooney)

Wayne Rooney: Not fit to play for England (Copyright: Wayne Rooney)

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Rooney fumed after supporters questioned his withdrawal from Roy Hodgson's squad at the start of the week.

The 27-year-old missed Manchester United's 1-0 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday after manager David Moyes revealed he suffered a severe gash on his head following an accidental collision with team-mate Phil Jones in training.

Moyes also stated his belief that Rooney would not be recovered in time to join up with his England colleagues ahead of the qualifying double-header against Moldova and Ukraine.

Rooney posted a picture of his injury on his official Facebook page on Wednesday evening with a comment defending his decision to withdraw from the crucial fixtures.

"Some people seem to be questioning my commitment to the England squad and the fact I had to pull out of the two games," he wrote.

"There's nothing I would like more than to be helping the lads in the qualifiers. I'm sure people will see from these images the reason why I won't be able to play."

England team-mate Theo Walcott had yesterday described the wound as "like something out of a horror film".

England go into the clashes with Moldova and Ukraine currently two points behind group-leaders Montenegro but with a game in hand.

Rooney, the subject of bids from Chelsea in the transfer window, remained a United player when the window closed.

But the injury means Rooney, who has scored 36 goals in 84 England caps, will be missing for up to a month with the onus on goals in the qualifiers falling on the likes of team-mate Danny Welbeck and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge.

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