The angry 'animal' of last week was transformed into the level-headed England match winner who is about to become a dad.
But the Manchester United striker has an uncanny knack of letting himself down.
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Rooney did so when he threw the ball towards referee Phil Dowd, fired off some abuse and then took his anger out on a corner flag at Fulham last week.
And he did it again - albeit in much subtler fashion - in the bowels of Wembley as he conducted post-match interviews after Saturday's 4-0 friendly win against Slovakia. 'I'm always in control,' he claimed, betraying a frightening lack of self-awareness.
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It also begs the question: what would he be like if he lost it?