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Hodgson: Rooney committed

Roy Hodgson insists troubled striker Wayne Rooney is ready to fire for England, despite his uncertain future at Manchester United.

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Wayne Rooney: Part of Roy Hodgson's 22-man squad for friendlies against the

Wayne Rooney: Part of Roy Hodgson's 22-man squad for friendlies against the

Rooney handed in a transfer request last week and was left out of the squad that beat Swansea in Sir Alex Ferguson's final game in charge at Old Trafford on Sunday.

He was booed by some supporters during United's Premier League trophy parade but Hodgson is not worried about the 27-year-old's state of mind and said there was "no doubt" about his commitment to England.

"His situation at Manchester United is between him and the club," Hodgson told a press conference on Thursday.

"It doesn't really impact on me with England as long as he is fit and playing football.

"There is no doubt that he's doing that and there's no doubt in my mind about his commitment to England."

Hodgson denied suggestions Rooney might lack match-sharpness after falling out of favour with his club.

"I have to debate one of your points - that he's had limited time," Hodgson added.

"He didn't play in the last game but in the games he's started, he might not have finished the 90 minutes, but he's played pretty regularly.

"When you tot up his games he'll be nudging 50 rather than 38. I'm not concerned about his playing time."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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