Saturday, September 4, 2010

Rooney could miss Swiss qualifier

England striker Wayne Rooney
Rooney helped England to comfortable 4-0 win on Friday

Wayne Rooney could miss England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland because of newspaper reports about his private life, Radio 5 live understands.

The striker played a starring role in England's 4-0 win over Bulgaria at Wembley on Friday as England got their campaign off to a convincing start.

But England boss Fabio Capello, already without forward Peter Crouch, may have to do without Rooney on Tuesday.

The stories appeared in two papers, the News of the World and Sunday Mirror.

After his disappointing displays during England's dismal World Cup this summer, Rooney provided much of his team's creative spark against the Bulgarians at Wembley.

The 24-year-old Manchester United man ended a five-month goal drought in his club's 3-0 Premier League win over West Ham last week.

And although he did not find the net at Wembley he revelled in the free role which Capello afforded him, instigating the attacks which led to all three of Jermain Defoe's goals.

Capello, though, could now have to consider an alternative partner for Defoe up front in Basle.

Tottenham striker Crouch was ruled out of both matches this week because of a back problem, while Bobby Zamora also dropped out with an injury.

That could mean starts for either West Ham's Carlton Cole or Sunderland's Darren Bent - both relatively inexperienced at international level.

Italian Capello will definitely have to do without Tottenham's Michael Dawson in the heart of his defence, with West Ham's Matthew Upson, Everton's Phil Jagielka or Bolton's Gary Cahill all possibilities to fill the breach.

First-choice central defenders John Terry and Rio Ferdinand are out of the reckoning with hamstring and knee problems, respectively.

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