Rooney is 'relaxed' after father's arrest

BY foxsports • October 6, 2011

England soccer boss Fabio Capello and captain John Terry on Thursday dismissed any concerns over Wayne Rooney after his father was arrested in connection with an alleged betting scam.

Capello said Rooney will lead England's attack against Montenegro in the team's Euro 2012 qualifier Friday as expected.

"I spoke to him just five minutes ago," Capello said. "I found him relaxed and calm. There is no problem for the game, he will play tomorrow against Montenegro."

Rooney's 48-year-old father, also named Wayne, was bailed pending further inquiries Thursday after being arrested over an alleged soccer betting scam involving Scottish Premier League (SPL) club Motherwell.

Terry, who has experienced media attention on his own family in the past, also backed Rooney to put Thursday's events to one side.

"Wayne is focused on the game tomorrow," Terry said.

"It's important for him to go out there and play his [soccer], which he loves doing. He'll always be fully focused on the [field]," he added.

The elder Rooney, 48, was detained by police at his home in Liverpool, northwest England, and the striker's uncle, Richie Rooney, 54, was also held as police made eight arrests in connection with an inquiry into suspicious betting patterns involving a Motherwell-Hearts match on Dec. 14, 2010.

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