Tuesday 23 January 2018

No more tantrums: I’ve matured as a player, insists Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney

WAYNE Rooney insists the days of him losing his temper are behind him as he prepares to captain England in a competitive match for the first time.

Rooney will lead out his country in tonight's World Cup qualifier against minnows San Marino at Wembley in the absence of the suspended Steven Gerrard and injured Frank Lampard.

That determination and desire to win will still be evident from the Manchester United striker, but he says incidents like the abusive outburst at a TV camera after the 2010 World Cup clash with Algeria and his red card for kicking an opponent in Montenegro 12 months ago are over.

Rooney said: "I don't think I'm going to change my attitude because I'm wearing the armband. I'm quite vocal on the pitch and my determination can hopefully help the team.

"But I don't want to be making the wrong type of headlines and missing games I don't want to be missing.

"What happened in Montenegro was stupid. I regretted it as soon as I'd done it. It won't be happening again, I can promise.

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