Don't reform Rooney urges Beckham

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England midfielder David Beckham has warned against trying to calm down Wayne Rooney, insisting the Manchester United forward would be a "different animal" without his aggression.

Beckham famously got himself sent off in the 1998 World Cup and Rooney's discipline has been in the spotlight after his dismissal against Fulham at the weekend, when he punched a corner flag on his way to the dressing room.

The AC Milan midfielder, however, feels Rooney's temperament is an important part of his game and insists he has no concerns. "If you take that side out of his game, he becomes a different player, a different animal. You don't want to take that out of him," said the 33-year-old.

"With Wayne Rooney you don't get the exceptional talent and player you have without that side of his game.

"Sometimes it flows over. He's done it a few times with myself. It happens. He knows it's not right, I know it's not right, but it happens. You don't want to take that out of him."

Despite fears that Rooney's temperament could undermine England's chances at a tournament, Beckham added: "I've got no concerns whatsoever.

"Taking that away from a player is dangerous and I don't think anyone will try to take that away from Wayne."

Beckham is willing to offer Rooney advice if the United youngster wants it, but he added: "I don't think it is an issue. I don't need to speak to him but if he wanted to talk to me I would.

"Of course it is very hard, there are a lot of people looking up to you.

"He's got enough people around him, there isn't a stronger manager than Sir Alex Ferguson to look after him and also Fabio Capello. He has two managers who can get the best out of him and they do that."

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