The England and Manchester United forward hopes Portugal don’t qualify for the 2010 World Cup.
With England having already booked their place at the tournament next summer, Wayne Rooney can afford to sit back and assess who he’d like to join England in South Africa.
It seems the Manchester United star may still hold a grudge against his former team mate Cristiano Ronaldo, after being sent off in the 2006 World Cup.
Rooney was sent off in the quarter-final defeat against Portugal after a stamp on Ricardo Carvalho. But what really angered the nation was Ronaldo’s part in the whole affair.
The winger not only approached the referee to ask for Rooney to be booked but also gave a wink to his bench once Rooney had seen red.
It appears that Rooney may have the last laugh though, with Portugal seemingly on the brink of failing to qualifying for next year’s World Cup.
Rooney said: “I’m not really bothered if they are there or not. We need to concentrate on ourselves.
“It would be nice to see Portugal not there because in the last two tournaments they’ve knocked us out.
“When we didn’t qualify for Euro 2008, we got a lot of stick from Ronaldo.”
But Rooney went on to suggest that he has now put Ronaldo’s antics in the past and believes it was right that he received a red card for his stamp.
Speaking about the backlash from the public after the 2006 World Cup, Rooney added:
“I didn’t really get any stick. Ronaldo took a lot of it and I was pleased about that.
“I was disappointed with getting sent off. I never meant to stamp on him but when I watch it, it does look like I’ve made a stamp.
“Of course it’s a straight red card. I’ve got no argument about that. I’ve got a chance to put it right in the next tournament.”
While England face a fairly meaningless game against the Ukraine on Saturday, Portugal must beat Hungary and hope that other results go their way to stand a chance of qualifying.