Sven Goran Eriksson told Sir Alex Ferguson to ‘f*** off’ over Wayne Rooney row

Sven Goran Eriksson told Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson to 'f*** off' in a row over Wayne Rooney's selection in England's 2006 World Cup squad despite him being injured.

Rooney was famously picked by the Swedish boss despite fracturing a metatarsal bone in his right foot against Chelsea two months before the tournament, to the fury of his club manager.

David Dein, a former vice-chairman of the Football Association and known for his long association with Arsenal, played a part in Eriksson getting the England job – and only once recalls seeing him angry.

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Dein explained how the only time he saw Eriksson annoyed was during a phone conversation with Ferguson, giving his side of the story in his new book Calling the Shots: How to Win in Football and Life.

He recalls: "Fergie was furious that Wayne Rooney was going to play at the World Cup, with England gambling on his recovery from a broken metatarsal.

"'You’re finished,' he screamed. Sven lost it. 'F*** off,’ he said. 'Alex, I will pick Rooney. Have a nice holiday. Ciao, bye'."

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The account comes months after Rooney and Eriksson spoke about the clash on the Amazon Prime documentary, Rooney. The striker said: "I remember thinking, it is my first World Cup, how can I not be there?

With Sven saying: "Sir Alex did not want Rooney to go. He told me very, very straight: 'You don't take him, that's it Sven, I am going to kill you!'

"I told him, Sir Alex, go on holiday, I am going to take Rooney and we are going to the World Cup. Sorry. And that was it [mimics hanging up the phone]!"

With Rooney adding: "My first training session with the team was the next day. We went out to the pitch, jogging round and there is a ball by the halfway line.

"I kicked it trying to hit the crossbar… pulled my groin. I had a six centimetre tear in my groin which I didn't report to the physios."

England went on to be knocked out on penalties by Portugal at the quarter-final stage, with Rooney scoring the one World Cup goal of his career eight years later against Uruguay.

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