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Rage on, Rooney! Don't tame Wayne's animal magic, warns 108-cap Beckham

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27 Mar 2009 07:57:21

Rage on, Rooney! Don't tame Wayne's animal magic, warns 108-cap Beckham

David Beckham has warned against trying to tame the 'animal' inside Wayne Rooney. Beckham, preparing for what he hopes will be his 109th cap a record for an England outfield player in tomorrow's friendly against Slovakia at Wembley, insisted his international team-mate must not be encouraged to change his aggressive style on the pitch. Wayne Rooney: Natural aggression. 'He shows his frustration and sometimes it's too much,' said Beckham. 'But if you take that away from a player it changes him. I've been guilty of the same thing in the past. In the last England game, against Spain, I was frustrated that we were losing and I got booked for talking back to the referee.'Beckham pointed to the example of his former Real Madrid team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who he said was prone to explosions of anger like Rooney.'When you are a bit older, you see players' reactions and see what can happen next,' he said. 'I've seen it with some of the best players in the world.  Lennon set to mark new lease of life on return from international wildernessBeckham: Milan have made me stronger and now I'll help England to the World CupInternational exodus leaves United and Co deserted but it's business as usual at HullI thought it was all over... Becks says McClaren snub almost wrecked his career 'Look at ZZ, you can see it in his eyes sometimes in games. You know what's going to happen. It's all about the passion, which is the biggest thing. You don't want to take that out of him. 'I know it's not right. Wayne knows it's not right. But I don't think anyone will try to take that away from Wayne. He would become a different player, a different animal.'Rooney's discipline has been in the spotlight after his dismissal against Fulham on Saturday, when he punched a corner flag on his way to the dressing room following Manchester United's shock 2-0 defeat. Aaron Lennon: right role in training. However, despite fears that the striker's temperament could undermine England's chances at a tournament he was sent off in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final against Portugal for an apparent stamp Beckham added: 'I've got no concerns whatsoever. 'I don't need to speak to him, but if he wanted to talk to me I would. He's got enough people around him, there isn't a stronger manager than Sir Alex Ferguson to look after him and also Fabio Capello. He has two managers who can get the best out of him and they do that.' England manager Capello, who has spoken to Rooney and Chelsea left back Ashley Cole about their recent disciplinary problems, looks set to start Aaron Lennon on the right flank after the Tottenham winger played there in training again yesterday. If so, Beckham will be hoping to make his latest appearance from the substitutes' bench as he overtakes the mark he shares with World Cup-winning skipper Bobby Moore.The AC Milan midfielder also revealed that he is looking at the 2010 World Cup and beyond, with the intention of remaining available to Capello for as long as he is playing professionally. David Beckham: Happy to devote himself to England for as long as he is wanted. While Beckham's time will be divided between Milan and LA Galaxybetween now and next year's finals in South Africa, the 33-year-oldsees no reason why he cannot close in on Peter Shilton's English recordof 125 caps. 'Obviously, I'll play up to the end of the Italian season with Milan,'he explained. 'Then I'll have four weeks off before returning to LosAngeles to finish off the rest of the MLS season. And then I'll go backto Milan. They've said they want me back. I won't be able to play againuntil January but I'll train with them until then. Whether I then goback to LA after that, I don't know. 'But while I'm still playing I will always be available for England.Things can change very quickly. I know that. But I'm passionate aboutplaying for my country and I'd still be there even if I got left out ofa few squads again. If the call came when I was 45, even 50, I'd bethere.' Lennon set to mark new lease of life on return from international wildernessBeckham: Milan have made me stronger and now I'll help England to the World CupInternational exodus leaves United and Co deserted but it's business as usual at HullI thought it was all over... Becks says McClaren snub almost wrecked his career


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