England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has declared striker Wayne Rooney “match fit” ahead of Thursday’s World Cup match against Trinidad and Tobago.
Eriksson cofirmed that Rooney will not start the match, but admitted that the striker could play a part from the bench.
Rooney has not played since breaking his foot in a Premiership match against Chelsea on 29 April.
“For me Rooney is match fit but let me sleep on it. I will decide tomorrow morning,” said Eriksson.
“Almost for sure (he is) not starting the match, I don’t think he has 90 minutes in him yet.”
Eriksson also denied he had a row with FA chief executive Brian Barwick over the striker’s fitness.
Barwick was reported to be against Roooney returning just yet because the FA’s insurance policy might not provide sufficient cover if the player suffered another injury in Nuremberg.
“It has been reported that Brian and I had a row about it which is completely a lie. We have discussed it all, it is not a dispute, no,” said Eriksson.
“We will talk about it after the game, it is not fair to do it in front of the team.”
Meanwhile, England full-back Gary Neville looks set to be ruled out of Thursday’s game.
Neville is doubtful after pulling out of a training session with a calf strain.
Either Owen Hargreaves or Jamie Carragher will step in if he does not recover in time.