Federico Macheda, a fellow striker who plays with Manchester United, has labelling him a chav while on international duty.
The promising Italian lauded his Old Trafford team-mate for his skills and advice, but indiscreetly described him a 'coatto' in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.
That's not team spirit: Wayne Rooney, pictured here arriving at Heathrow yesterday, has been branded a chav by his Manchester United team mate
You'll be in trouble, son! Federico Macheda with his girlfriend Martina Minafra
The term means working class and vulgar, with the closest colloquial translation being 'chav'.
Rooney he might have expected more solidarity from a player taken under the England striker's wing at Old Trafford.
'Rooney is a really great person, he always gives me advice. But, as we say in Rome, he's a bit of a coatto.'
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Rooney is set to meet up with the England squad ahead coming daysahead of their match against Montenegro at Wembley next Tuesday.
He is fresh from a trip to Prague, where he has been enjoying a second holiday with his wife Coleen.
The footballer and his WAG, who have a 11-month-old son Kai, areattempting to patch up their marriage following cheating allegations.
The £100,000-a-week star became embroiled in a tawdry scandal lastmonth after prostitute Jennifer Thompson claimed she had enjoyedthree-in-a-bed sex sessions with Rooney while his wife Coleen was fivemonths pregnant.
'Second honeymoon': Wayne and Coleen were holidaying in Prague this week
TALE OF THE TAPES
Wayne RooneyBORN: Croxteth, Liverpool
PARENTS PROFESSION: His father Thomas was a laborer, while mother Jeanette a dinner lady
CURRENT WAG: Wife Coleen, mother of his son Kai. She is now a TV presenter and the face of brands including Littlewoods
GOALS FOR MAN UTD: 132
INTERNATIONAL CAPS: 67
FEDERICO MACHEDABORN: Rome, Italy
PARENTS PROFESSION: His father Pasquale is described as an odd-job man, while his mother is said to be a cleaner
CURRENT WAG: Girlfriend Martina Minafra, an Italian brunette with no known profession
GOALS FOR MAN UTD: 3
INTERNATIONAL CAPS: 0
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