Roo silly boy! Fergie fumes as Rooney plays for England despite knee knock

06 March 2010 04:28
Sir Alex Ferguson tore a strip off Wayne Rooney yesterday for playing for England against his manager's wishes.

The Manchester United boss insists Rooney should not have risked his sore knee in Wednesday night's friendly against Egypt and is furious that Rooney aggravated the injury by turning out for 86 minutes on Wembley's notoriously heavy surface just three days after playing there in the Carling Cup final victory over Aston Villa.

Ferguson cleared Fabio Capello of any blame. Instead, contrary to his normal policy of keeping criticism of players in-house, he chose to rap Rooney publically for letting his enthusiasm get the better of him.

Naughty: Rooney (above) has received a ticking-off from United manager Ferguson (below) for not being sensible in managing his knee injury

He said: 'I was disappointed more with Wayne. He didn't come off. I couldn't believe it, and now he's a doubt for the Wolves game this weekend.

'I don't blame Fabio at all. He has to pick his best team because a win was important and I think England played the best I have seen them play for years.

'But don't forget Wayne was not supposed to be playing at all. That's what he told us on Sunday because he was feeling his knee.

'Then all of a sudden people put an arm round his shoulder with England and he wants to play. I don't think he should have played. His own enthusiasm has caused it. He can't say "No," that's his problem.'

When asked if Rooney should have signalled to the England bench to come off, Ferguson replied: 'Of course. There were some changes made during the game and I thought Rooney would be one of them.

'Playing at Wembley, on that kind of pitch for almost an hour on Sunday and then almost the full 90 minutes on the Wednesday, it's far too much.

'But it's hard to quell people with that kind of enthusiasm because it's a restless energy which you don't want to take away from him.

'He can't sit down, he can't sit still, he's always on the move. Even in hotels I watch him and he's moving from one table to another. When we're away in Europe, he's walking about, he's always on the go all the time.'

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