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Capello: Rooney will play against Switzerland

England coach Fabio Capello has said that Wayne Rooney will play against Switzerland despite weekend allegations surrounding his private life. The 24-year-old striker has been the subject of media interest after revelations in the press on Sunday, and question marks had been raised regarding his participation against the Swiss.

However, Capello has deemed him in a fit enough state to take part against the Swiss in Basel, saying he wants to play.

When asked if Rooney would feature, the Italian said: "Yes, he will play and I spoke with him and I monitored him during the two days after the game against Hungary and he was really, really good on the pitch.

"He will be in a good situation tomorrow and I hope the performance of Rooney tomorrow will be the same as Wembley."

When asked if he ever had any doubts on his participation, he added: "No. I think absolutely not because during the training he was really good and I spoke with him and he is happy to play.

"When the players want to play it is extremely important for me.

"The players know what they have to do in their private life, but it is private life. The players know what I ask of them usually but I think also for us, for the team, the performance on the pitch is really important.

"I am a manager, they are players, you have to play to win. You have to separate them.

"We are focused on the game and not on the private lives of the players. We are here to play this game and we train very well.

"I spoke with some players after the (Hungary) game, there are no injuries and we are happy with this."

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