Rooney's not a repeat offender, says England manager Fabio Capello

10 March 2010 12:09
Fabio Capello is confident that the growing maturity of Wayne Rooney will prevent any repeat of his sending-off at the last Word Cup.

Rooney's stamp on Portugal's Ricardo Carvalho in 2006 left England down to 10 men for almost an hour in a game they eventually lost on penalties. But Capello believes that Rooney, now 24, will avoid such confrontations again.

'Rooney will be one of the most important players at the World Cup,' said Capello. 'And with the big players, the opposing managers will think we have to be careful and watch him. But we don't fear that.

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'He knows everything that will happen during the games and the referees do also.'

Capello has initiated five minutes of silence in the dressing roombefore his half-time team talk in a bid to calm down the players, afact which helped to transform the game against Egypt, when Rooney wasvisibly frustrated with his team-mates.

'He was not so happy when he arrived in the dressing room,' addedCapello. 'But I spoke with the players and said they have to be quietfor five minutes. They drink to rehydrate and nothing more. We have tostay quiet.'

Presumably before Capello then delivers the mother of all dressing-downs.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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