England manager Roy Hodgson has assured Manchester United boss David Moyes that he will assess Wayne Rooney's fitness before making a decision on whether to play him in Wednesday's friendly international against Scotland at Wembley.
The match celebrates 150 years of the Football Association, with Hodgson using the showpiece occasion to check on the fitness and form of his players ahead of England's four remaining World Cup qualifying matches in September and October.
Rooney is currently struggling with shoulder and hamstring injuries but could still be involved in his club's Community Shield match against Wigan on Sunday - also at Wembley.
And Hodgson admits he will tread carefully with the England forward's fitnesss when he reports for international duty early next week, ahead of the game against the Scots.
Hodgson told Sky Sports News: "My selection of him could be used as a wedge between David Moyes and myself and there won't be any wedges put between us two.
"We've been friends for a long time. David understands my situation fully and put simply we have four very important games coming up.
"I haven't seen the players since we left Brazil three months ago and it's important for me to have them around.
"And even if they can't play full parts in the game - or any part at all - I want them there for these two or three days because we are a squad, we are a team, we are a group.
"Just because someone at this time is not fully fit to play, it doesn't mean they are not going to be an important cog in the wheel come September.
"David and Wayne understand the situation. We'll make a decision. When Wayne comes we'll assess his physical fitness
"And I know David won't mind him taking part in the game but we don't want to put Wayne on the field of play if he is not ready to play.
"The last thing I would want to do is send him back to his club injured and that goes for the rest of the players too."