Rodwell glad to get a game

The England Under-21 midfielder stayed on the pitch for the

duration as the Blues slipped to a 1-0 defeat to the classy

Spaniards in their final warm-up game on Friday night. Rodwell had

an extended summer break following his involvement in the European

Under-21 Championship in Denmark, and then missed last Tuesday’s

trip to Werder Bremen with a chest infection. He told the club

website: “I have not had a lot of pre-season because I had those

few extra games with the Under-21s and then I also had a bit of an

illness last week so it was good to get out there and play the full

90. “Generally I feel really good though. I trained hard last week

and did lots of running so I feel as if my fitness is really

getting there now. “It was a hard game for us as Villarreal are a

really good side who regularly finish high up in La Liga. But we

are still warming up for the new season, we will take the

positives.”