Wayne Rooney reveals Fabio Capello did a very strange thing at the 2010 World Cup with England

England's striker Wayne Rooney (R) leave

Wayne Rooney's international career is certainly one that divides opinion and it is a debate which has resurfaced in recent times due to the fact he has now retired from international football.

The Everton striker is the Three Lions record goal scorer with 53, eclipsing the previous record set by the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton.

But, the key aspect of his goal haul is that very few of his strikes came in major international tournaments.


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In fact, the former Manchester United icon only scored once at any of the three World Cups he took part in, finding the back of the net against Uruguay in 2014.

South Africa 2010 was perhaps Rooney's most dismal display at the international showpiece, failing to showcase any of his talent despite being at the peak of his powers in the Premier League.

He had picked up an injury before the tournament commenced, but it was simply another major disappointment for both player and country.

Fabio Capello was in charge of England at the time, a man with a glowing CV at club level which many thought could turn the Three Lions into a major force.

He didn't and in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, Rooney reveals something that could have played a major part in Capello's poor leadership in 2010.

England manager Fabio Capello (L) shakes

He said: “Capello’s English wasn’t great, and it just didn’t feel right. He brought his backroom staff in and they were all Italian and it just didn’t feel right.

“I remember at the World Cup in South Africa, Fabio and his coaches were watching Italy play and they were cheering when Italy scored, and he was there as England manager.

“I don’t think that was right. It didn’t work and we had to move on.”

England's striker Wayne Rooney looks dej

Obviously supporting your country is no sin, but doing it so your players can see at a major international tournament is not necessary.

After progressing through the group stages thanks to a 1-0 win over Slovenia, England were humiliated by their old foe, Germany.

Die Mannschaft ran out 4-1 winners, with a young duo of Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil tearing Capello's side apart.

Germany's midfielder Mesut Ozil (L) vies

Rooney has announced that he has no plans to return to the England setup after announcing his retirement and the baton will now be passed to the likes of Harry Kane to try and do something he never could; succeed at a World Cup.

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