David Moyes says Wayne Rooney will not be sold and insists there is no rift between himself and the Manchester United striker.
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to join up the England squad
The disgruntled striker has been the subject of two bids from rivals Chelsea.
But, speaking after he landed the first trophy of his Old Trafford reign with a routine 2-0 victory against Wigan in the Community Shield, the United manager confirmed Rooney would join up with Roy Hodgson's England squad for Wednesday's friendly against Scotland at Wembley despite having been ruled out of all United's pre-season games with hamstring and shoulder problems.
Moyes, a fervent Scot, initially was tongue in cheek when he said: "You don't think I'd send England a fit player, do you."
But then he attacked some sections of the press for questioning why Rooney, who has been suffering from a shoulder injury, had trained recently with United reserves.
Moyes said: "I spoke to Roy for about two hours at different times. Roy knows the situation. Wayne has trained. Some of you might not like hearing this but I didn't fall out with Wayne."Wayne trained with the reserves because it was his asking. He couldn't have contact, it was a shoulder injury and we used him as a floating player which means he doesn't play in either team, he plays between them both.
"He played as a floating player so he didn't get injured."
When asked if United's policy is that he will not be sold Moyes replied: "Correct."
He added: "I'm quite enjoying talking about it because I'm hearing so many of you getting it wrong.
"I want him to join up with England. He trained with us yesterday. He's not ready. You'll probably see that in the game.
"He'll probably play a chunk of the game but he's had no football. He's had 45 minutes against Real Betis in a friendly where he hurt his shoulder.
"Apart from that since he came back for pre-season he's had no match action. You probably wouldn't expect somebody in that condition to be playing for a long period. He's coming back, he's breaking himself back into the team.
"It will be great for Manchester United because hopefully Wayne will get some playing time. He wasn't ready for today but he has a chance of being ready for Wednesday."