Rooney: I’d never dive

The game has seen more and more players dive during matches, something Rooney does not like.

Rooney told FourFourTwo magazine: “I’d never dive. I’d like to think of myself as an honest player. That’s the way I play. I don’t like diving, football doesn’t need it.”

The England striker now looks forward to getting back on international duty, following his red card against Portugal in the 2006 World Cup.

Rooney continued: “It was a horrible moment and a horrible night.

“Personally, I felt I’d let the players down. I was sad and depressed rather than angry. The players told me not to worry, that it wasn’t my fault.

“I appreciated that. And that’s when I felt a few tears in my eyes. I don’t cry often — and I hadn’t cried when I’d been sent off.”