Cape Town - England''s top goal scorer Wayne Rooney has conceded that he was wrong to play for England at the 2006
World Cup in Germany, having fractured a metatarsal bone in his right foot six
weeks before the tournament.
"Before the World Cup in Germany I broke my foot at
Chelsea," said Rooney.
"You could feel the excitement building around the World Cup
and it was touch and go as to whether I would be fit. And then Sven (Goran
Eriksson, then England manager) put me in the squad.
"Looking back, if I could have gone back in time, then I
probably would have sat out the World Cup. It was a big ask to get fit after
six weeks out. I was never going to have that match sharpness."
Rooney was sent off during England's quarter-final loss to
Portugal for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho and clashed with his United team-mate
Cristiano Ronaldo after the latter seemed to urge the referee to send Rooney
But the pair reconciled, inspiring United to three consecutive
Premier League titles and the 2007-08 Champions League trophy, and Ronaldo says
in the film that they may yet play together again.
"We won every trophy together. He's a fantastic boy and he
helped me a lot," says the Real Madrid forward.
"It was amazing to
play with him. But the future, nobody knows. Maybe we will play one day