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Terry: Rooney's temper is key
Wayne Rooney has been urged not to curb his aggression and told his temper will be one of England’s greatest strengths during the World Cup. John Terry reacted to Rooney’s brush with authority in the practice game against the Platinum Stars by hailing his team-mate’s maturity and by backing him to stay out of trouble in South Africa. Manchester United striker Rooney’s last World Cup ended in a red mist when he was sent off against Portugal, but Terry believes what is perceived as a big weakness will be one of England’s biggest assets. “I was a bit nervous myself when he gave the ball away and went into the tackle, but I think it would have pleased the manager after the first half,” said Terry. “We have seen in the last two or three years Wayne has grown up a lot. At times we could have done with a bit more of that aggression. I understand what people are saying, but he gave everyone a lift and we could have done with Wayne on the pitch in the first half to give everyone a kick up the backside."
Paul Joyce, Daily Express
In other United-related England news, Emile Heskey has spoken of his role in Rio Ferdinand's tournament-ending injury. The Sun quotes the striker: "I spoke to Rio afterwards and he told me there was nothing I could do but it was still difficult for me. What happened was that I tried to turn the ball around the corner and fell backwards onto him but his leg was in a position where he couldn't actually move it."
Meanwhile, former United star Arnold Muhren has told the Manchester Evening News that Uruguay's Luis Suarez could shine at the World Cup. Suarez, who plays his club football at Ajax, has been linked heavily with a move to Old Trafford. Muhren says: "I am sure a lot of clubs like United will be taking a very serious look at him in South Africa. If he has a good World Cup and scores goals on that stage then he could convince a few he is worth buying.”