Wayne Rooney’s temperament will tested against Montenegro
Mirko Vucinic claims the intense atmosphere of the Podgorica City Stadium is bound to test the composure of Wayne Rooney as the England star returns to the infamous site of his sending off against Montenegro on Tuesday.
During the Euro 2012 qualifiers, England gave away a two-goal lead and then saw Wayne Rooney get red-carded for a petulant kick at Miodrag Dzudovic. Subsequently, Wayne Rooney missed two opening matches of Euro 2012, after being selected in spite of his ban.
The Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic has fired a warning towards Wayne Rooney. The 29-year-old has told Wayne Rooney to prepare himself for a raucous welcome as the hosts and their fans aim to rile the England star once again.
“There is no doubt Wayne Rooney is one of the best strikers in the world - but we know from the last time that he can sometimes play with a hot head,” Mirko Vucinic told The Sun. “Our fans will not forget the red card he received and they will let him know. It is an intimidating place to come and Rooney needs to keep a calm head.
“It has been proved over the years that you can get a reaction out of him. England would have no chance with 10 men and I am sure their coach will tell them that.”
England arrive fresh from a 8-0 demolition of San Marino, which is why the battle at Podgorica City Stadium is expected to painted in red. Meanwhile, Miodrag Dzudovic has declared he will not stop himself from tackling Wayne Rooney despite their history.
“I don't hold a grudge against him but I will not be worried about going in hard, but fair, on him,” Miodrag Dzudovic told the Guardian. “He was not trying to hurt me. It was just a moment of weakness on the pitch, something anyone could have.”
England have been forced to make a last minute change in their squad as Theo Walcott has been sent back home after the young Arsenal forward picked up a groin injury.