Eriksson warns against Rooney obsession

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson fears his World Cup squad will be distracted over the media obsession with Wayne Rooney's broken foot.

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England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson fears his World Cup squad will be distracted over the media obsession with Wayne Rooney's broken foot. The coach is still confident the Manchester United striker will play some part in the World Cup. However, he has requested Rooney's next CT scan to be brought forward seven days to June 7. The date is just two days before the FIFA deadline for replacing an injured player, and three days before England's first game against Paraguay. "Of course I will wait as long as possible," Eriksson said. "I should be very stupid if not". Injury woes Rooney broke the fourth metatarsal bone on a joint in his right foot on April 29 while playing for Manchester United against Chelsea. Eriksson said he was tiring of the focus on Rooney's recovery. "I will not speak about Wayne Rooney at every press conference I am doing," he said. When asked if the focus on the striker was a distraction, Eriksson said, "Yeah, I think so, if it goes on from now on until we leave for Germany". On Thursday, a scan ruled Rooney out of England's Group B games against Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, and Sweden. The earliest it was thought he could be available would be the second round, if England advances. If Rooney is ruled out on June 7, Andrew Johnson or Jermain Defoe will be called up to join Michael Owen, Peter Crouch and 17-year-old rookie Theo Walcott as strikers in the England squad. (AP)

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