World Cup 2014: Wayne Rooney kisses son Kai at England training camp as manager Roy Hodgson says striker is looking 'very good' for the tournament
Rooney continues his recovery from a groin injury in Portugal
Wednesday 21 May 2014
Wayne Rooney enjoyed a sweet moment with his son Kai at England's training camp in Portugal today, where he received a good-luck kiss before joining his team-mates.
Roy Hodgson and his squad are over at the Vale Do Lobo Resort as they continue preparations ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, which begins next month.
Rooney, who missed the last three matches of the season with a groin injury, appeared relaxed at the training camp as he played with his four-year-old son before taking part in some of the session.
Hodgson said after training that he has no doubt that Rooney will be ready to go England's first match of the tournament against Italy on 14 June.
"He is looking very good, very good indeed," Hodgson said.
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"We try and individualise it a bit so in the session I did today I left a few senior players out but it is only a precaution because we are trying to make certain we do not put too much physical pressure on the players too early. It has been a very good few days."
Wayne Rooney holds his son Kai at England's training camp today
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The Manchester United forward, who at the age of 18 broke on to the international scene with four goals at the 2004 European Championships, but has failed to impress at the last two World Cups.
Big things are expected from the 28-year-old in South America, but should he flounder at the tournament then Hodgson insists it will not be "for the want of trying".
He said: "He knows what a good player he is, he knows the eyes, certainly of England, if not the rest of the world, are going to be on him and he'll do everything he can to make certain he brings out his best qualities.
"He spent his week off here in Portugal and he trained during that time. He said to me, 'When you arrive on Monday, I'll meet you there and I want to be 100 percent ready to train from the first day'.
"He's a bit disappointed because I decided to leave him out of the exercise I was doing, which involved a lot of shooting, because I wanted to protect his thigh.
"If it had been up to him, he'd have been in it having as many shots as all the others."
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