Rooney set for Swiss despite reports

London: England striker Wayne Rooney is expected to shrug off lurid reports about his private life to travel to Switzerland on Monday for a Euro 2012 qualifier.

The striker has been the subject of reports in the News of the World and Sunday Mirror about his frequenting a prostitute while wife Coleen was pregnant, leading to speculation about his participation in Tuesday’s match.

However, FA sources told the Press Association that no decision has yet been taken and as it stands, Rooney is expected on the flight.

The Manchester United star is an integral part of England coach Fabio Capello’s team, even though it is now 11 matches since he last scored for his country.

He claimed three assists and had a hand in the other goal as England opened their qualification campaign on Friday with an impressive 4-0 win over Bulgaria at Wembley.

England take on fellow World Cup contenders Switzerland in Basel on Tuesday.

Following the withdrawal of Peter Crouch through injury, aside from Rooney, Capello has only three other strikers to call upon.

His other options are Darren Bent, Carlton Cole and Jermain Defoe, who profited most from his forward partner’s creative talents by scoring his first international hat-trick against the Bulgarians.

Bureau Report