Wayne Rooney is confident his groin injury is not a cause for concern ahead of the World Cup finals and revealed that he is hoping to play again for Manchester United before the end of the season.
Speaking after collecting the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday night, Rooney said he had no doubt that he would be fit for this summer’s finals.
Fears about Rooney’s fitness grew after he missed Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday due to injury, but the striker was quick to allay any fears.
“The groin will be fine for the World Cup, there are no worries about that,” Rooney said. “I’m hoping to play for United in the last game of the season.”
The PFA award was recognition of a remarkable season in which Rooney has scored 40 goals for club and country. His England team-mate James Milner was named Young Player of the Year ahead of the striker.
Fabio Capello will name his squad for the World Cup finals on June 1, following friendlies against Mexico and Japan.
Rooney succeeds United team-mate Ryan Giggs in claiming the award and he was handed the honour ahead of Chelsea’s Didier Drogba, Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and Carlos Tevez of Manchester City.
“It’s a great feeling to win the Player of the Year award because it’s voted for by the players,” he said.
“It’s something I’m really proud of and it’s a great honour.
“I remember coming here in 2005 and 2006 to win the Young Player of the Year.
“I saw the players winning the main one and it’s something I’ve aimed for since.”
Rooney paid tribute to the influence United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has had on his career.
“Sir Alex is a great manager who has really brought me on as a player since I joined United,” he said.
“His hunger passes through to the players. It’s great to see that he’s pushing 70 and hasn’t changed a bit.
“I’m sure he’ll be here for a long time yet.”