Rooney says he wont be tamedDecember 28th, 2008 - 3:03 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 28 (ANI): Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney has refused to be tamed even if it means upsetting the football authorities.
The Manchester United striker intends to carry on playing with the same passion, energy, aggression and hunger for success that have been the hallmarks of his career.
The England striker was again in the spotlight for the wrong reasons on Boxing Day, News of the world reported.
Rooneys swipe at Abdoulaye Faye in Fridays 1-0 win incensed the Stoke player, but was missed by referee Chris Foy and the FA will not be taking action.
In his most revealing ever interview, the England star discusses the pressures and stress he has been under since breaking into the Premier League as a 16-year-old with Everton.
The England striker said: I get the feeling sometimes that people just look for the negative things with me. It is something, which used to get to me a bit, but over the years I have just learned to deal with it. When I was 18 I couldnt understand why people wanted to highlight my faults rather than my qualities.
The bottom line is that I know when I am doing things the right way, just as I know when Ive got things wrong. I dont need anyone telling me how to behave or how to live my life as a professional footballer, Rooney said.
I am competitive. I am a player with lots of energy and aggression and I am never going to stop putting in tackles and making it hard for defenders. Thats who I am. I cant change that, I dont want to change it and I dont think the managers I play for would want to take that away from my game.
I think my team-mates and Uniteds supporters appreciate that side of my game. Sometimes it gives them a lift to see me flying into tackles and trying to win the ball. To be honest, I dont need to count to 10 because I always feel in control of myself, he added.
Rooney, 23, has been sent off four times in his career and once had a foul-mouthed on-pitch bust-up with then England captain David Beckham while playing against Northern Ireland in 2005.
He was also dismissed while playing for England against Portugal during the second half of the World Cup quarterfinal the following year after appearing to stamp on Ricardo Carvalho. England eventually lost on penalties.
Rooneys also came under fire earlier this month in the Champions League clash with Aalborg when he was accused of stamping on opponent Kasper Risgard. (ANI)
Tags: aggression, boxing day, captain david, chris foy, david beckha, day news, england captain, england star, fridays, hallmarks, manchester united, news of the world, premier league, professional footballer, referee, striker, swipe, tackles, team mates, wayne rooney