A combination of tabloid attention and nagging injuries has made the last four months particularly trying for Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney. But Sir Alex Ferguson said that Rooney should be fit ahead of the Three Lions' Euro qualifying clash with Montenegro despite missing Manchester United's next league match against Sunderland.
"The Montenegro match is another 10 days away," said Ferguson. "By that time I would expect Wayne to be 100%."
Rooney injured his ankle in Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Rangers in the Champions League group stages. He aggravated the injury against Bolton last weekend.
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Cosmos unveil new kits
They may not have players, a coaching staff or a stadium but at least the newly reborn New York Cosmos have a jersey. Umbro released a prototype of the new jersey yesterday with a December target for release.
Pele has spearheaded a movement to return the Cosmos, the former NASL, to the MLS but even optimistic projections put that a few years down the road. The kit is based on the 1977 jerseys and will cost $75.
English player "not famous enough" to get out of jury duty
Apparently, being a midfielder for a third-tier English club is not an excuse to get out of jury duty, according to a British judge. Carl Fletcher, a 30-year-old Welsh midfielder who plays for Plymouth FC, tried to say that his celebrity status as a professional athlete disqualified him from serving, but the courts disagreed. Had he been previously convicted of a crime or suffering from a mental disorder, however, he would have been dismissed immediately.
McBride considers post-soccer plans
Former national team striker Brian McBride told Soccer America that he will meet with former teammate, and current technical director for U.S. youth soccer, Claudio Renya about a possible role in U.S. Soccer.
McBride, who is retiring from soccer at the end of the MLS season, also said he plans to open camps for youth forwards.
"I've got a rough business plan for some attacking soccer camps, about 20 kids," McBride said. "I'd be very hands on and incorporate the whole aspect of attacking soccer."