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Monday, March 30, 2009

Capello wants Rooney to calm down

Wayne Rooney apparently got singled out by Fabio Capello at the England training ground for his reaction at being sent off against Fulham.

“What were you doing punching the corner flag? You’re a crazy man, a crazy man,” he reportedly told Rooney.

Rooney received his second yellow and then the red for throwing the ball in the direction of the referee, though he claims it was to his team so they could take the free kick quickly.

The disciplinary record for Rooney has got better this term with him not receiving a caution in his last 5 England internationals and only having received 6 bookings all season. Rooney will however now miss United’s match with Aston Villa on the 5th of April.

It is thought that Capello has been concerned by a number of incidents involving members of his squad since the last time they met up.

Ashley Cole was arrested earlier this month for being drunk and disorderly while Steven Gerrard faces affray charges over a disturbance at a Southport bar in December.

The Italian disciplinarian hopes a gentle warning will be enough to remind Rooney and others of the need for discipline as they look to make it five wins from five at the top of their World Cup qualifying group against Ukraine on Wednesday.