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Monday, March 26, 2007

Rooney spat with McClaren

England coach Steve McClaren and Wayne Rooney were reportedly involved in a dressing-room row after the goalless draw against Israel.

The forward is said to have walked out of the dressing room after being singled out for criticism by McClaren, whose team have now failed to score in four of their last five matches. Rooney has failed to score a competitive goal for England since Euro 2004 and McClaren is reported to have told the 21-year-old that he has not played well for his country for three years.

Rooney reportedly responded by throwing his boots and kit at the wall in frustration and it is reported the argument was so loud it could be heard in the Israel dressing room next door. The former Everton forward endured a frustrating evening, failing to really get into the game and being shown a yellow card after a spat with Bolton defender Tal Ben Haim.
For England 0-0 Israel full report, click here.