England striker Wayne Rooney's behaviour on the pitch has once again come into question after cursing out referee Jeff Selogilwe in the Three Lions’ final World Cup warm-up game.
Rooney was booked by Selogilwe during England’s 3-0 victory over South African side Platinum Stars on Monday, and the referee knocked the Manchester United talisman’s actions on the field.
"Rooney insulted me, he said 'F*** you',” Selogilwe told The Sun.
"He must learn to control his temper. He could get sent off in the World Cup, especially if he uses this kind of language.
"If he insults a referee like me, then he will use that vulgar language to other referees as well."
Rooney was famously sent off in England’s last World Cup game, a penalty shoot-out defeat to Portugal in the 2006 quarter-finals, for stamping on defender Ricardo Carvalho.
Selogilwe was disappointed with Rooney’s conduct, as the referee considers the United hitman his favourite player.
"Maybe the England players thought 'This is just a friendly, we can do what we like and the referees are not that professional'.
"It's a shame. He is a good player when you see him on the TV, but when you see him on the pitch, he just keeps on insulting the referees.
"To me it looks like Rooney insults people and fouls other players.
"So I was very disappointed in Rooney because he is my favourite player."
Rooney made a peace offering to Selogilwe after the match was over, and the referee all smiles after the Englishman’s show of remorse.
"Actually he is still my favourite player. He apologised to me and gave me the shirt he was wearing."
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