Speaking about his conversation with Cristiano Ronaldo after getting sent off in the England vs Portugal game in the 2006 World Cup, Wayne Rooney said: “Listen, you’re going to get a lot of stick from the press, I’m going to get a lot of stick from the press, my focus now is on Man United.
“There is no issue with me whatsoever, I would have done exactly the same trying to get England a win against Portugal and this is a big year for us and we have every chance of winning the league.
“My attention, once we were out, completely flipped back to Manchester United. There was never any issue. I actually tried to get him booked in the first half for diving. I’m playing for England, he’s playing for Portugal, do whatever you can to win. “
There were rumors about ‘bad blood’ between Rooney and Ronaldo after that sending-off, with many presuming the two would have troubles playing together at Man United.
However, the duo settled their differences and excelled in the 2006/07 season – helping the Red Devils win the Premier League title