Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott are England injury doubts

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney

England have injury concerns over Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott ahead of their friendly against Sweden on Wednesday.

Rooney went off after 79 minutes of Manchester United's 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "He's got an ankle knock and has ice on it. We'll see how he is tomorrow."

Walcott injured his buttock muscles in the first half of Arsenal's 3-3 draw with Fulham and was replaced with six minutes of the game remaining.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said Walcott may not be fit to travel to Stockholm.

"Walcott has a glute muscle problem," he said. "At the moment, he is limping so I do not know whether he will be able to join the national team."

The Frenchman admitted his decision to leave the 23-year-old on the pitch could have exacerbated the problem.

"We nearly took him off at half-time - he nearly went down - but we left him on and on," he said. "In the end, it got worse and worse."

Walcott suffered a chest injury during his most recent England appearance when he collided with San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini during England's 5-0 World Cup qualifier win. It forced him to miss the qualifier against Poland five days later in Warsaw.

Despite winning 30 caps, he has only played two full games - both against Andorra.

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