Friday, March 27, 2009

Becks: 'I'll Act As Crazy Rooney's Minder'

David Beckham says he is ready to act as Wayne Rooney's minder to keep the fiery England striker out of trouble.

England coach Fabio Capello called Rooney a "crazy man" after the Manchester United star's petulant red card in their defeat against Fulham at the weekend.

Capello's joke hinted at concern that a lack of discipline could damage England's hopes of a successful World Cup campaign in South Africa next year.

Rooney has often struggled to control his temper with England and was sent off for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho in the 2006 quarter-final defeat against Portugal.

But Beckham knows from personal experience how the red mist can descend following his costly red card for kicking Diego Simeone in the 2002 World Cup defeat to Argentina.

He believes it is impossible to completely tame Rooney - and says his temper is part of his brilliance.

But he is keen to keep an eye on his England team-mate so he can avoid on-pitch explosions that could lead to more sendings off.

"If you take that side of him out of his game he becomes a different player and a different animal," Beckham said.

"There's no way you want to take that out of him. He knows it's not right.

"It's happened a few times with myself... as an experienced player you tend to notice those things more when you are a bit older.

"You see players' reactions and see what can happen next.

"I've seen it with some of the best players in the world. Look at (Zinedine) Zidane, you could see it in his eyes sometimes in games.

"You know what's going to happen. It's all about the passion, which is the biggest thing."

He added: "You can try to get to him in time as a team-mate, but some things are uncontrollable."

England are playing Slovakia in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday.

And Beckham will earn his 109th cap if he plays - making him the country's most-capped outfield player.

Source: Sky Sports


At 4:15 am, Anonymous sophie said...

did you post on my school blog?

from sophie


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