Former England coach Fabio Capello refused to let his row with England striker Wayne Rooney die a death on Wednesday as he claimed the player performed much better for Manchester United than his country because he only understood Scottish.
His thinly-veiled reference was to the fact Rooney’s manager at Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson is Scottish and was his riposte to Rooney’s remark that under the former AC Milan and Real Madrid handler there were misunderstandings with the players over strategy because the Italian’s English was so poor.
“After watching the last game (the Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat by Italy) I think that Rooney understands only Scottish,” said Capello in comments published in the English press.
“That’s because he only plays well in Manchester, where Sir Alex Ferguson speaks Scottish.”
Capello’s remarks despite their personal tone will have struck a chord with many with regard to the 26-year-old’s performances at Euro 2012 where he was suspended for the first two games.