Newcastle Utd’s Ryan Taylor helps Wayne Rooney get fit for World Cup

Newcastle United's Ryan Taylor

Newcastle United's Ryan Taylor

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NEWCASTLE United’s Ryan Taylor is training alongside World Cup-bound Wayne Rooney as he steps up his fitness work.

Taylor – who has been sidelined for 20 months through a succession of knee injuries – is in Portugal for some warm-weather training.

And the 29-year-old is working alongside Manchester United striker Rooney, who is preparing for England’s World Cup campaign.

Taylor today posted a video of himself running with Rooney on social networking site Instagram.

“Great to run this morning but great to work along side a fantastic player getting ready for the World Cup #Rooney,” wrote Taylor.

Taylor hopes to be close to full fitness in July when Newcastle’s players report back to the club for the start of pre-season training.