Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has pleaded with England manager Roy Hodgson not to start Wayne Rooney in the upcoming international fixtures, reports the Daily Express.
Rooney has been included in the Three Lions squad to play Lithuania and Estonia across the next fortnight, having recently broken Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record at international level.
Despite his success with the national side, the Red Devils captain has struggled domestically – netting only once in the Premier League so far.
‘I shall be very pleased when he spares him for a match, because England have already qualified’, stated the Dutchman.
Concerns over his Premier League form have been raised so far this year, and the 29-year old could be afforded some time to recharge his batteries.
With a host of youngsters also included by Hodgson, there are other options available in an attacking berth.
However, van Gaal has respected the Three Lions, saying ‘you cannot mix the interests of the English national side with Manchester United.’
He would go on to describe his England counterpart as ‘a wise man.’
Despite Rooney’s struggles, the Old Trafford club recently returned to the top of the Premier League for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club – though city rivals Manchester City overtook them yesterday.
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