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Ferguson insists Rooney was not dropped for off-field allegations

Sir Alex Ferguson has no regrets about leaving Wayne Rooney out of his team at Everton on Saturday and reiterated it was done to shield him from the hostile atmosphere of the home support. But, on home soil, Rooney will be let loose against Rangers on Tuesday.

"I have no regrets - I did the right thing," said Ferguson.

"And I have no concerns about playing him tomorrow at all."

There have been suggestions since Saturday's 3-3 draw that Ferguson left Rooney out as punishment over the off-field allegations that have been made against him.

"I have no need to clear it up," he retorted.

"I explained the reasons on Saturday. There is nothing beyond that. "I don't know if tomorrow will inspire him. He has a lot of experience behind him.

"But I do know scoring for England last week will have given him a boost."

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