After losing to West Brom in their last outing, Manchester United fans were in need of some good news and it comes in the form of Wayne Rooney.
The 30-year-old was snapped by the Manchester Evening News this week and for the first time since he picked up a knock against Sunderland, he wasn’t wearing a knee brace.
This shows that the England captain is clearly on the road to recovery and is overcoming the ligament damage that saw him miss the last six games.
The MEN are predicting that he could be back by the end of March and while this is clearly good news for United, it’s even better news for the Three Lions.
Rooney has, Euro 2004 aside, struggled when representing his nation in international tournaments, but he has had excuses.
For the 2006 World Cup, the forward rushed back from a foot injury, utilising any method, such as an oxygen tank, to make sure he was ready to board the plane.
However, this meant that he went to the tournament out of shape and England were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Portugal, with Rooney illustrating his frustration by stamping on Ricardo Carvalho and earning a red card.
In 2008, Steve McClaren ensured the Three Lions didn’t qualify for the European Championships, while Rooney damaged his ankle late in the season before the 2010 World Cup.
The time in South Africa was poor for England and Rooney once again couldn’t get up to the standard he set for his club, where he was named PFA Player of the Year.
Rooney was suspended for the first game of Euro 2012 and the Three Lions were knocked out in the quarter finals once again.
Two years later at the most recent World Cup, the England captain was coming into the tournament on the back of a David Moyes led campaign at Man Utd and the Three Lions couldn’t make it past the group stage.
Euro 2016 presents the rare opportunity to come in to a tournament fresh after recovering from his injury in time, while still possessing the form that has seen him score seven in his last nine appearances across all competitions and he should be able to finally have another good campaign for England.