FABIO Capello has joked about Wayne Rooneyâ€™s red card at Fulham in a bid to curb the England strikerâ€™s explosive temper.
The Manchester United forward was dismissed in the closing stages of the shock 2-0 defeat at Craven Cottage on Saturday after receiving a second yellow card for hurling the ball away.
Strict disciplinarian Capello dubbed Rooney a â€œcrazy manâ€ in training on Tuesday, questioning the former Everton playerâ€™s actions as he left the field and threw a punch at the corner flag.
Capello is hoping his light-hearted reference in front of the entire squad will remove any lingering tension ahead of Saturdayâ€™s Wembley friendly with Slovakia and Wednesdayâ€™s home World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.
Rooneyâ€™s temper has let him down in the past, most notably in the World Cup quarter-final defeat to Portugal when he saw red after clashing with Ricardo Carvalho, and the England boss is keen to avoid a repeat.
Capello knows the fiery striker is key to Englandâ€™s World Cup qualification bid and also to their hopes of securing success at South Africa in 2010, and does not want to lose his services to unnecessary suspensions. â€” skysports.