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England get huge World Cup boost over fitness of Man Utd duo

| 12.05.2014

At last, some welcome news for England and their manager Roy Hodgson as Manchester United’s interim manager Ryan Giggs insists both Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones will be fit in time for the World Cup.

Speaking ahead of what will be Giggs’ last game in charge of United as their interim coach at St Mary’s, the Welshman relieved fears over the duo’s current injury concerns.

On Rooney, Giggs said: “He is training and will be fine for the World Cup.

“He has just started (training) over the last couple of days. Sunday is a little bit too soon for him.”

Meanwhile, on Jones, who was thought to have far less chance of recovery from a shoulder injury, Giggs said: “The injury is not as bad as I thought,” “He (Jones) won’t be fit for Sunday but he will be OK for the World Cup.”

As United’s player/coach alluded to, neither man will be fit to play Southampton, where the Red Devils are priced at 13/8 to finish a very disappointing campaign on a high with all three points.

However, these are welcome tidings for Hodgson and fans of the Three Lions as England’s boss prepares to name his provisional 30-man squad on Monday 12th May, for the two friendly matches coming up before the World Cup.

As Rooney’s 1/50 odds and Jones’ 1/3 price to make Hodgson’s final 23-man cut for Brazil suggest, both men are very important to England’s chances of a successful tournament.

Wazza has long been the focal point of England’s attack, top scoring in both of the last two qualification campaigns for major tournaments, while Jones’ versatility makes him particularly useful at a World Cup.

England are the 11/5 outsiders to defeat Italy in their opening Group D game of the World Cup.

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Christian Crowther

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