His build-up to England’s dismal showing in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa was hampered by an ankle injury and he was then suspended for the first two games of Euro 2012.
His current injury means Rooney will miss England’s two high-profile friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands at the end of the month.
But he could have a maximum of eight Premier League games left for United, while England have warm-up matches lined up against Turkey, Australia and Portugal for boss Roy Hodgson to fine-tune his squad before the big kick-off against Russia in France on Saturday, 11 June.
Rooney, 30, will be desperate to finally make a major impact on a tournament with England.
But for now, he is doing his best to help United – who face massive games against Liverpool in the Europa League and Manchester City in the Premier League this week – rescue their season following a family holiday in Dubai.