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Wayne Rooney’s foot jinx has struck again.
The Manchester United striker is set to miss two of England’s crucial upcoming Euro 2008 qualification matches after suffering a hairline fracture in his left foot on Saturday.
Rooney suffered similar foot injuries during Euro 2004 and just before the 2006 World Cup, and his absence played a significant role in England’s exits from both tournaments.
His latest injury could rule him out for up to three months.
The news is another real blow for England boss Steve McClaren with the national side lying fourth in their Euro 2008 qualifying group and with vital games coming up against group leaders Russia and second-placed Israel in September.
Can England get the results they need in those matches without Rooney and who do you think can step in to fill his boots?