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    Rooney and Cole return to training


    by ODN


    England have had a double dose of good news with Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole returning to training.

    The pair missed Monday's session, Cole to do rehabilitation work on old injuries and Rooney with an ankle knock he picked up in the opening World Cup draw against the United States.

    Happily, the pair were fit enough to return as England continued their preparations for Friday's Group C outing against Algeria in Cape Town.

    The one absentee was Ledley King. His presence in the remainder of the competition is in doubt after the Tottenham captain was forced out at half-time at the weekend due to a groin injury.

    Although club manager Harry Redknapp hinted King has had a scan and could be out for three weeks, the FA have so far refused to speculate on how long the defender will be sidelined.

    However, it seems unlikely King will be involved until the semi-finals at the earliest, if England get that far.

    Meanwhile the Three Lions and their manager Fabio Capello have been on the receiving end of a stinging attack from German legend Franz Beckenbauer, who questioned their brand of football against the USA.

    In a column for a South African newspaper, Beckenbauer said: "What I saw of the English against the USA had very little to do with football."