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    Rooney will play against Switzerland


    by ODN


    Wayne Rooney is "happy to play" for England despite lurid headlines about his private life, manager Fabio Capello has said.

    The player flew to Switzerland with the squad following allegations that he had sex with a prostitute while his wife Coleen was pregnant with their first child.

    At a press conference in Basel, Capello insisted that all the players remained "focused on the game" ahead of England's Euro qualifier.

    Skipper Steven Gerrard said he expected Rooney to put the off-field matter to one side as England look to begin their qualification campaign with back-to-back wins.

    "Yeah he's got an issue off the pitch put I don't think that will stop him from playing well," the midfielder said.

    "I spoke with him today at lunchtime and in training and Wayne's been fine. He's looking forward to the game and playing well.

    "I think football can do that sometimes (help you focus) if you've got an issue off the field. Once the game starts Wayne will be focused on the field and getting the three points.

    "Wayne's a big character. You expect big performances from Wayne every time he steps on the pitch. You saw that against Bulgaria. I expect another big performance from Wayne."