REVEALED: Pictures of Rooney’s ‘horror movie’ head scar keeping him out of England’s crunch World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine
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Wayne Rooney posted graphic pictures on Facebook of the head injury that is keeping him out of England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine after taking exception to criticism of his withdrawal from the games.
The Manchester United striker suffered the three-inch cut in a training ground collision with team-mate Phil Jones on Saturday and cannot risk contact until the stitches come out.
And on Facebook he wrote: ‘Some people seem to be questioning my commitment to the England squad.
Deep cut: Wayne Rooney posted this picture on his Facebook page
Ouch: The gash on Rooney’s head is reminiscent of the leg injury he sustained against Fulham last year
Zoom in: Wayne Rooney’s head injury that keeps him out of the World Cup qualifiers has been uncovered
Cutting: Rooney signing autographs at Apple Jacks Adventure Park in Warrington sporting his head injury
‘Horror movie’: Rooney sustained the cut in Manchester United training following a challenge from Phil Jones
Other half: Rooney was with his family at the park including wife Coleen (right)
Obscured: Rooney wore a hood to cover up the scar while driving to United training on Tuesday
‘There’s nothing I would like more than to be helping the lads in the qualifiers but I’m sure people will see the reason I won’t be able to play.’
Rooney’s scar was revealed on Wednesday when he was spotted at Apple Jacks Adventure Park in Warrington with his family, including wife Coleen.
Rooney’s England team-mate Theo Walcott has admitted he was shocked when he saw the extent of the striker’s head injury.
Walcott said: ‘I have seen a picture and it is a very, very big gash. It’s not nice to see. It’s like something out of a horror film.’
‘I have seen the actual injury and it is not a nice sight, to be honest. It is not going to help his looks I wouldn’t think.
In contention: Rickie Lambert (left) and Danny Welbeck are poised to replace the injured Rooney for England
ADRIAN DURHAM ON ROONEY
‘It is sad to see but it is an opportunity for someone to come in and take their chance.
‘It is great to see Danny (Sturridge) still here at the moment, that’s a positive. Danny Welbeck has started the season well for his club and Rickie Lambert has had a great start to his England career, so the manager has some great options.’
England’s medical team studied photographs of Rooney’s cut before ruling him out of the two clashes.
The cut is so deep that he cannot head a ball or be involved in contact training sessions until his stitches are removed.
There is also a risk of infection, which is another reason for the decision to release him from international duty this week.
Rooney’s club-mate Danny Welbeck and Rickie Lambert of Southampton are in contention to start on Friday – with Liverpool’s in-form Daniel Sturridge also out – in a match England must win in order to keep on track to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.
Looking ahead: Theo Walcott was speaking to the assembled press prior to England’s two World Cup qualifiers
Hodgson will be praying that Sturridge, who has scored five times in Liverpool’s opening four games, will be fit for Tuesday’s far tougher qualifier in Ukraine.
England trail Group H leaders Montenegro by two points with a game in hand, but are only one point ahead of third-placed Ukraine.
The group winners will qualify and whoever finishes second must go into a play-off, so the tricky clash with Mykhaylo Fomenko’s fast-improving side is crucial.
Hodgson is prepared to sacrifice Sturridge for Friday’s game at Wembley if it means the in-form forward is available on Tuesday.
Poser: England boss Roy Hodgson is facing a selection dilemma ahead of Friday’s clash with Moldova
England head injuries are nothing new…
Red alert: Terry Butcher’s shirt was full of blood against Sweden in 1989
Wounded hero: Paul Ince took a blow to the head against Italy in 1997