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Beckham: 'Rooney Should Wait'

David Beckham has played down Wayne Rooney's chances of being fit for the World Cup.

Beckham had a metatarsal injury and struggled to play in the last World Cup, AND had longer than Rooney to recover.

Beckham: 'I was always so positive I was going to make the World Cup anyway. It never entered my head not to be fit for it, whereas Wayne has had his injury a month later than I did.

'If he's not right, then he has to look after himself. He can't take risks. He's got a huge future ahead of him, so he has to be careful.

'He shouldn't rush it. Everyone in our country wants him fit but he's got to think of himself as well.

'We'd rather have Wayne in the team on and off the pitch. He's great off the pitch and everyone knows what he can do on it.

'But we've got other world-class players. A lot of them are club captains and have won huge games.

'John Terry and Frank Lampard have won Premiership titles. Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have won the European Cup.

'Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell are going to the Champions League final on Wednesday and have won leagues and so has Rio Ferdinand.

'Gary Neville is Manchester United captain. Michael Owen has played for Real Madrid and captained Liverpool.'

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Writer: Cantona Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 14 2006

Time: 2:24PM

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hes right to say that. But hopefully rooney will be fit for the knockout stages. We should leave him for the group name.
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14/05/2006 15:17:00

what is beckham on about? if he wants to win this world cup witch would shorley be his last.then thay need rooney
argyles no1 fan
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15/05/2006 09:37:00

Please let Rooney recover. With him we have a chance to lift the World Cup.
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15/05/2006 11:40:00

i agree with becks there, if he isnt fit i dont really think its going to be the end of the world, but its looking like he might take part somewhere in a few weeks time
green giant 12
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15/05/2006 18:27:00

I agree wiv golden balls but wish wayne all the best. we wil stil do wel wivout im wiv playas like lampard & stevie g but e wil giv us the extra boost we need to go all the way and WIN THE WORLD CUP!!
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