Rooney blow for England as he pulls out

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Wayne Rooney will miss both England’s World Cup qualifiers over the next 10 days.

A badly gashed header suffered in training forced him to miss Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat at Liverpool yesterday - Daniel Sturridge’s third minute goal settling it and sending the Anfield men top.

Rooney was ruled out of the home game with Moldova on Friday and the trip to Ukraine the following Tuesday with more bad news from the Anfield game for England boss Roy Hodgson with Glenn Johnson and Phil Jones also being ruled out after picking up injuries.