Wayne Rooney willing to go extra mile to ensure peak fitness for Euro 2016

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Wayne Rooney is prepared to play for Manchester United’s U21s in order to ensure that he is at peak fitness for Euro 2016, according to the Daily Star.

The Daily Star reports that the 30-year-old is not expected to make a first-team return until the middle of April after damaging knee ligaments six weeks ago.

That would leave the England captain with a month, and potentially just five Premier League games, to prove his fitness before the squad departs for France.

Rooney’s place in the starting lineup is coming under threat due to the emergence of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, so he must be as close to 100% as possible.

And the Daily Star understands that the striker has told manager Louis van Gaal he is willing to play with United’s kids prior to making his comeback for the seniors.

Rooney is hopeful that this extra game time would give him the best chance of reaching match sharpness in time for England’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia.

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