Eriksson urges media not to destroy Man Utd striker Rooney

Sven Goran Eriksson has urged the media to lay off Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

Sven Goran Eriksson has urged the media to lay off Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

Leicester City manager Eriksson told the media "don't kill Rooney" and, as questions circle as to whether or not Fabio Capello should take the 25-year-old to Poland and Ukraine, the Swedes stance has not changed.

"Do the same now. Don't kill him," he said in the Daily Telegraph.

"You need Rooney in the Euros. Capello will sooner or later say what he wants to do with Rooney but I guess he'll take Rooney to the Euros.

"I would take him. Rooney can score the goal in the final and then no one will think about the games he was banned for.

"Even if he doesn't play for England until the quarter-finals, he will play all the time for United, so you will have a very fresh Rooney in the quarter-finals. The manager can give Rooney 15 minutes now and then in friendlies. He will be very good to have in the group."

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