English Premiership

Rooney regrets 2006 SWC decision

2015-09-29 15:08
Wayne Rooney (AFP)

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 off.

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 together again."

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