Roy Hodgson is pleased to have Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere in his squad for Scotland game
England v Scotland
Teenage Cancer Trust International
8pm Wednesday 14 August 2013
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Roy Hodgson hopes to involve Wayne Rooney at some point in England's game against Scotland on Wednesday - but is waiting until after their final training session to make up his mind.
The Manchester United forward has missed much of pre-season with two separate injuries, but reported for duty with the Three Lions and looked sharp during their first practice on Monday.
Hodgson will put his team through their paces again on Tuesday before they head down to London ahead of the meeting at Wembley. He will then decide on his plan of attack with Rooney.
“Wayne is an enthusiast and keen to play football,” said Hodgson. “His pre-season has been hampered by two separate injuries, but at least now he’s injury free.
“Of course he’s not match-fit and you can’t be match fit if you don’t play matches and you don’t have a chance to take part in every training session.
“But he’s been fit for several days now, has trained hard in Manchester and is now with us and we’ll continue to monitor him and see how he is.
"If, as I expect, he says he’s fine and trains well again, then I’ll have to make the decision about when he plays on Wednesday. But there is no doubt in my mind that if he comes through training on Tuesday he will take part in Wednesday’s game."
Hodgson, however, says his main concern is the long-term well-being of Rooney, with both club and country in mind.
The Premier League season begins at the weekend, while England face two hugely important World Cup Qualifiers in just over three weeks.
Hodgson says he wants to send the 27-year-old back to Old Trafford fully fit following Wednesday's Teenage Cancer Trust International.
"What we need to consider is what will be best for him and Manchester United in the long-run.
"I’m hoping after this game he’ll return to Manchester United fit having played some part of important game so he can then kick on. So by the time September comes around he is really fit and raring to go."
Hodgson also welcomed the return of Jack Wilshere to the England fold after the Arsenal midfielder missed the last two games, against Republic of Ireland and Brazil, due to injury.
Wilshere took part in Monday's session at St. George's Park and looked eager for some action against Scotland.
"I was talking to Jack about his pre-season and he said it was his first one for two years," revealed the England boss. "He said it’s been really good and that he’s really needed it.
"We’re delighted to have him back. I haven’t had the benefit of playing Jack Wilshere in a qualifying match. I’ve only had him for one and a quarter friendly matches.
"This will be more time added to that hopefully. But we are pleased to have him back and we are aware of the fact that Arsene [Wenger] is also quite careful with him at Arsenal and we’ll be careful with him here as well."
Hodgson added: "With England we are spoilt for choice and have enormous riches in the central midfield positions.
"I was very pleased with Carrick and Lampard in the Ireland and Brazil fixtures. I’m delighted with Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere and that’s just naming four.
"I think in that area we have chance to mix and match and limit people’s time on the pitch, which I couldn’t do in Brazil as we didn’t have those players with us."