With the World Cup only months away, Wayne Rooney has been asked about his feelings on Fabio Capello and the last World Cup.

Today he revealed that after his red card in 2006 he was focussed on making sure that it didn’t have a negative effect on Manchester United’s title challenge.

“Cristiano is rightly the World Player of the Year and, in my eyes, is still the best in the world,” said Rooney. “I’d do anything I could to try to get him off that pitch, and I understand why he did it to me. I spoke to him after the game. I knew what was coming and what was going to happen in the press. I said: ‘Just make sure you get your head right.’ It was an important year for United and I didn’t want that to ruin our chances of challenging that year and it didn’t. From that night onwards we had no problems and we’re still pals. We still speak regularly on the phone and he was a brilliant player for United.”