Rooney can be replaced

FIFA has confirmed that Wayne Rooney can be replaced up until 24 hours before England's first World Cup match, against Paraguay on 10 June. Sven has to announce his 23-man squad by 15 May, but FIFA's system means it's almost certain that Sven will gamble and both Roo and Michael Owen will be in that list of 23 players.

Alex Ferguson, meanwhile, says it's barmy that Sven is even considering taking Rooney. Fergie has a vested interest but I have to say I agree – face facts, Roo won't be fit for Germany. It sucks, yes, but it's the way it is