Rooney has ‘no excuse’ for his foul-mouthed celebration

Exclusive: Ex-England goalkeeper Peter Shilton blasts Wayne Rooney over his behaviour on the pitch

By Jerome Butcher
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Wayne Rooney's two-game ban was upheld on Thursday Photo: Tsutomu Takasu

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Former England  goalkeeper Peter Shilton insists Wayne Rooney has “no excuse” for his behaviour after the Manchester United striker was given a two-game ban for swearing at a television camera.

Shilton insists that today’s footballers have  a responsibility  to show respect, and says icons such as Rooney should be setting an example to the game’s younger players.

He told The Sport Review: “There comes a time when players can run out of excuses.  In Wayne Rooney’s case, the week before he got booked for a really bad tackle, and then the following week he scores a hat-trick and ruins it all by swearing.

“I’ve been a massive Wayne Rooney fan. I think he’s a little genius and you do make mistakes as you’re learning your trade and growing up – and you can forgive certain things.

“But there comes a point when the penny has to drop. You have to realise you can’t go around doing silly things like that.  There’s no excuse.”

Shilton, the most-capped England player of all time with 125  appearances, continued: “It’s very important we don’t lose sight of the basic principals. It’s all about money at the top level and winning games.

“I think sometimes players can act like Prima Donnas and think they’re in a world of their own.

“Every player has a responsibility in the modern game. The top players should help project the game towards the youngsters.”

Shilton played more than 280 times for Leicester City and made his first appearance for The Foxes aged 16.

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And the 61-year-old was back in his home town of Leicester on Friday as part of the npower Home Team Heroes Football League community programme, offering  local school children  his coaching skills.

“It’s great to be back at the club where it all started for me,” he said. “They gave me so much, so it’s nice to be able to give something back.”

“All the clubs in The Football League have a got a chance to do something like this and we’ve done a bit of football coaching today.”

He added: “The overall message is respect in the game and  I think it’s very important you try and get this message across with the youngsters.”

The Home Team Heroes scheme is a £2m community initiative which will run over the course of npower’s three-year sponsoship of The Foobtall League, helping each of the 72 clubs in England and Wales.

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