Wayne Rooney ready for England duty

England boss Fabio Capello has no concerns over playing Wayne Rooney against Montenegro tomorrow after speaking to the striker about his father's arrest today.

Rooney's 48-year-old father, also named Wayne, was bailed pending further inquiries tonight after being arrested over an alleged football betting scam.

But Italian coach Capello has no worries after talking to the Manchester United forward.

"I spoke to him just five minutes ago," Capello revealed.

"I found him relaxed and calm. There is no problem for the game, he will play tomorrow against Montenegro.

"He told me there are no problems."

As well as Rooney's father, eight other people, including the Manchester United star's uncle, Richie, 54, and Liverpool-born Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings, 26, were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud.

Merseyside Police said the arrests were the culmination of a joint operation with the Gambling Commission into "suspicious betting activity".

With his focus on tomorrow's Euro 2012 qualifying match, Capello could pair Rooney with United team-mate Danny Welbeck in attack.

"I need to sleep (on it) tonight and will decide tomorrow morning about the forward to play with Rooney and about Welbeck," said the coach. "I need to choose."

Capello has no new injury concerns for the match after training in Montenegro.

"We have no injuries, we're really good and trained really well in the last three days," he said.

"I selected 24 players and all of those players are fit to play tomorrow."

England need a point in Podgorica to guarantee their place in Poland and Ukraine next summer but Capello will not allow that to alter the team's mindset.

"I hope it won't affect the way we approach the game," he said.

"It would be a big mistake if we were to play for a draw. We need to play to win. I think the players understand the need to play in the same style as always when we've played away from England.

"I've spoken a lot about this and think they understand what I said."

Captain John Terry, who has experienced media attention on his own family in the past, also backed Rooney to put today's events to one side.

"Wayne is focused on the game tomorrow," Terry said.

"We all realise the importance of that. It's important for him to go out there and play his football, which he loves doing. He'll always be fully focused on the pitch."

Terry added: "When you're on the pitch and the training pitch you can switch off from anything in life.

"Tomorrow's game is the most important thing, we all appreciate that."

Terry, who was captain in England's unsuccessful Euro 2008 qualifying campaign and part of the side which underperformed at last summer's World Cup, sees Euro 2012 as an opportunity to make amends.

"It's obviously my dream to take an England side into a big, major tournament," said the Chelsea centre-half.

"With that in mind as a personal goal that's my target.

"Collectively for the team that is the priority (to secure qualification), whether with a draw or a win.

"We're full of confidence, playing well, hence why we're top of the group. We must get ourselves over the line tomorrow."

PA

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