Wayne Rooney isn’t going to do his boxing celebration ever again. This, the Manchester United forward said he decided after his wife found out copying the antic at school.
“My wife went to pick him up from school and saw him doing that in the classroom,” Rooney said in an interview by national newspapers. “I’m sure you won’t be seeing that celebration again.”
Rooney’s now famous celebration came about after he was accidentally knocked down by former teammate Phil Bardsley during a playful sparring in his Cheshire home, a video of which was published by the Sun. He went on to make fun of the incident during their match against Tottenham last March, where he jokingly punched the air and then playfully tumbled down after making the third goal that sealed the Red Devils’ victory.
While there was some outcry over the boxing video and the celebration, Roonay said that there was nothing for him to be sorry about. “I’ve always loved boxing. Unfortunately, sometimes, it didn’t go too well for you,” he said in the interview.
“I knew it was going into the newspaper and I spoke to the manager. He didn’t see it as a big issue. I didn’t see it as a big issue. Other people obviously do.”
When asked about England’s upcoming Euro 2016 game against Lithuania, Rooney, who also serves as the national squads captain, said that he is looking forward to the competition. He also gave his thoughts on the observation that he is about to match the record set by Sir Bo9bby Charlton for the most goals given to the national team.
“It would be great if I could equal or beat the record but my concentration is 100 percent on the victories on Friday and Tuesday,” Rooney said.
“I speak to him quite regularly at the club especially after games,” he also said of Charlton, who currently serves as director at Old Trafford. “I don’t want to bring it up and say: ‘I’m close to beating it.’ He always gives me great advice and I have great chats with him.”