Bradley: US won't wind up Rooney
10 Jun 2010 - 10:45:39
Coach Bob Bradley has dismissed suggestions that his United States side could target Wayne Rooney during Saturday's World Cup opener against England.
The fiery Manchester United striker has already found himself in trouble with referees in South Africa following a warm-up game against a local side on Monday.
Rooney was booked and warned over his conduct during England's 3-0 victory over Platinum Stars.
The 24-year-old's last World Cup appearance in Germany four years ago ended in controversy after he was sent off in a quarter-final defeat to Portugal for stamping on opposition defender Ricardo Carvalho.
But despite being renowned for having a short fuse, Bradley claims his US players will not deliberately try to wind up Rooney when they go head-to-head in Rustenburg.
"I get asked the question about Wayne Rooney all the time," he said. "I have tremendous respect for Rooney and what he brings to England in so many ways.
"His effort, his competitiveness, his movement, his influence on that team is great. But we won't try and wind him up, no. We don't enter into all of that sort of thing."