Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has told England manager Fabio Capello to take it easy on striker Wayne Rooney after giving the former Everton player permission to join up with the England squad.
22-year-old Rooney is set to miss Saturday’s Premier League clash with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park due to an ankle injury, but will be fit for England’s World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan next Saturday and Belarus four days later.
However, Ferguson has reportedly told Capello not to push Rooney too much and run the risk of the forward breaking down again, with Ferguson believing that England should take all six points from the two qualifiers. Without having to involve Rooney in both matches.
Argentine International Carlos Tevez looks set to partner new signing Dimitar Berbatov against Rovers in the absence of Rooney, with Blackburn manager Paul Ince facing former boss Ferguson for the first time in the opposing dugout against the Premiership Champions.