England boss Roy Hodgson was happy with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's runout in their friendly win over Peru.

Hodgson refused to accept the theory, largely expounded by Sir Alex Ferguson, that Rooney needs a run of games to return to full sharpness.

"I don't have to accept those valuations - we think we know where he [Rooney] is, how his fitness is being maintained or progressing. We took him and Steven Gerrard off, important members of our squad, and 3-0 seemed an opportunity to give younger ones a go. I don't have any fears in that respect. His attitude and commitment are first-class, even in a game of this nature. He has two more weeks to keep that going."

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