WAYNE WON’T SEE RED, IN­SISTS TERRY

Daily Mail - - Martin Samuel - By MATT BAR­LOW

WAYNE ROONEY’S volatile tem­per is an in­spi­ra­tion for Eng­land not a time­bomb which threat­ens to blow their World Cup chances, in­sist two se­nior team-mates. Rooney, 24, blew a fuse in a prac­tice match against the Plat­inum Stars on Mon­day, when he was booked for swear­ing at the ref­eree, who later warned him such lan­guage will re­sult in a red card once the tour­na­ment starts. The striker was dis­missed for stamp­ing on Por­tu­gal’s Ri­cardo Car­valho in Ger­many in 2006 and Fabio Capello plans to have a chat with him ahead of Satur­day’s match against the USA. But Rio Fer­di­nand and John Terry be­lieve Capello need not worry. Fer­di­nand said of his Manch­ester United team-mate: ‘Wayne is ex­pe­ri­enced now. His dis­ci­plinary record has been mag­nif­i­cent over the last cou­ple of years. Since the in­ci­dent in Ger­many I think he has done so well to get to where he is now. ‘I don’t see him hav­ing a dis­ci­plinary prob­lem at all.’ Rooney was anx­ious to an­swer the man­ager’s call for com­mit­ment af­ter an in­sipid first 45 min­utes against the Plat­inum Stars and Terry said: ‘I hon­estly do feel he’s grown up a lot in the last two or three years. Wayne gave ev­ery­one a lift in the sec­ond half. We could have done with him in the first half and it would have given ev­ery­one a kick up the back­side.’

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