Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney has revealed that the red card he picked up against Portugal in the 2006 World Cup was the lowest point of his career, reports the Daily Star.
Rooney was sent off after stamping on Ricardo Carvalho, whilst his then club teammate Cristiano Ronaldo caused controversy by pressuring the referee to show him his marching orders.
The striker has, however, insisted that he would have done the same thing if it had been the other way round, and has revealed that he spoke with the Portuguese superstar immediately after the match.
The low point
Speaking to reporters ahead of England's European Championship qualifying clash with Slovenia, Rooney told reporters: "The red card was the low point of my career.
"I still believe to this day that if I'd stayed on we'd have won the game.
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"I was in the dressing-room and it was so difficult to watch knowing no matter what happened my tournament was over.
"That was a really tough moment and unfortunately we didn't go through and it made it worse for me.
"You start thinking 'is it my fault that we didn't go through?'"
"I spoke to Ronaldo straight after the game as I knew which way the press were going to go on it in terms of the two of us - that we had fallen out," said Rooney.
"To be honest, we had to make sure that didn't happen for Manchester United's sake because the tournament for me and England was over.
"I understood why he had done it. He was trying to win for Portugal and to be honest I'd probably do the same if it was the other way round. I would want to win for England."
Rooney has even revealed that he attempted to get Ronaldo in the referees notebook in the same match after he accused him of diving.
When asked whether he would have tried to get Ronaldo sent off, he said: "Probably him, I would yes.
"I always remember in the first-half I was saying to the referee that he was diving, trying to get him a yellow card. That happens in football.
"Players speak to the referees which isn't always highlighted. But that does happen."
Rooney and Co., then, will be hoping to continue their impressive start to the qualifying process at Wembley this evening. England have secured three wins out of three in Group E and will be hoping to maintain their 100% record against their opponents.
The Manchester United striker, meanwhile, will be hoping to find the back of the net once again for Roy Hodgson's side as he closes in on Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record.
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