Much has been made about Premier League clubs not caring about the England national team, but if a report in The Mirror is to be true, then the biggest club in English football is making a huge move to change that perception.
With Manchester United’s season pretty much over, manager David Moyes has reportedly decided to allow star striker Wayne Rooney to rest until the summer. This comes in the wake of the 28-year-old putting his body on the line in his side’s quest to make it through to the Champions League semi-finals.
The former Everton forward picked up a toe injury during the first leg of the quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford and sat out the Red Devils’ weekend trip to Newcastle United. He was seen training on Tuesday morning before the United squad flew out to Germany for the second leg at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Rooney was subsequently given pain-killing injections to make him as fit as possible for the second leg. However, the forward failed to perform to his best against the defending European champions, as Moyes’ team went down 3-1 in Munich to bow out of the competition 4-2 on aggregate.
United are still in with an outside chance of making it to the top four of the Premier League this season, as they are seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal in seventh with seven more rounds of matches remaining. However, Moyes is set to allow Rooney an extended period of rest to help him recuperate himself for the World Cup.
Roy Hodgson’s England team are not among the favourites in Brazil, and having been paired with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D, the Three Lions will need Rooney to be at his peak. The star striker has largely failed in major international competitions and the World Cup could just be his last chance of leading his country to glory.