England forward Wayne Rooney has posted a picture online of the head injury that has ruled him out of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, along with a message to those questioning his withdrawal from Roy Hodgson's squad.
The 27-year-old missed Manchester United' s 1-0 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday after manager David Moyes had confirmed he has suffered a severe gash on his head following an accidental collision with teammate Phil Jones in training. Moyes also stated his belief that Rooney would not be recovered in time to join up with his England colleagues ahead of the qualifying double-header against Moldova and Ukraine.
Rooney posted a picture of his injury on his official Facebook page on Wednesday evening with a comment defending his decision to withdraw from the crucial fixtures:
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"Some people seem to be questioning my commitment to the England squad and the fact I had to pull out of the 2 games," he wrote. "There's nothing I would like more than to be helping the lads in the qualifiers. I'm sure people will see from these images the reason why I won't be able to play."
England teammate Theo Walcott says the lengthy gash on Wayne Rooney's forehead is so bad that it has left him looking like a character out of a horror film.
"It is a very big gash," said the Arsenal striker. "It is not a nice sight to be honest. It is not going to help his looks I wouldn't think. It's not very nice to see. It's like something out of a horror film."
England go into the clashes with Moldova and Ukraine currently two points behind group-leaders Montenegro but with a game in hand. Rooney, the subject of bids from Chelsea in the transfer window, remained a United player when the window closed.
But the injury means Rooney, who has scored 36 goals in 84 England caps, will be missing for up to a month with the onus on goals in the qualifiers falling on the likes of team-mate Danny Welbeck and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge.