Man Utd priority not England – Van Gaal

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney has missed Manchester United’s last three games

Wayne Rooney’s priority is getting fit for Manchester United than appearing in England friendlies, says Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal.

“He has to first be ready for us not the English team,” he said.

Rooney is wearing a brace on the knee, and Van Gaal says it must stay in place for another two-and-a-half weeks.

It makes the 30-year-old a major doubt for the England’s games against Germany in Berlin on 26 March and the Dutch at Wembley three days later.

Rooney sustained the knee injury playing against Sunderland on February 13.

He has already missed three matches and will also be in the stands when United play Arsenal in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday.

United have been drawn against West Ham in the FA Cup and rivals Liverpool in the Europa League.

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