Sven-Goran Eriksson told Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson to ‘f**k off’ during furious row over Wayne Rooney
Oct. 13, 2019
Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed the full extent of his incredible bust-up with Sir Alex Ferguson in 2006 – with the former Manchester United boss threatening to ‘kill him’ over Wayne Rooney’s inclusion in his World Cup squad that summer.
The striker was recovering from a fractured metatarsal prior to the tournament in Germany, but was still included in Eriksson’s 23-man squad for the tournament despite major doubts over his fitness.
Ferguson had made it clear to the Swede he wanted Rooney to be omitted from the squad, but Eriksson ignored those calls and then felt the wrath of his managerial counterpart when he refused to buckle on his stance.
“With Alex, the amazing thing was it was seven o’clock in the morning or earlier. Always. When he was angry,” Eriksson told The Sunday Times .
“And never ‘Hello Sven, how are you?’ It was “whuurssshhhh” [yelling]. I thought he should kill me.
“He said, ‘I will kill you. You are finished’. But I represented England and you have to stand up.
“What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong and when you say ‘Don’t pick Rooney because I’m going to kill you’ . . . I said, ‘F*** off, what’s going on with you?’
“And he was screaming. Whenever he got like that . . . it has no meaning.
“That’s why I was, ‘Alex, I will pick Rooney. Now, have a nice holiday. Ciao, bye.'” Ferguson’s concerns over Rooney were ultimately justified, with the striker delivering a series of flat and lethargic performances at the tournament to home goalless.
The 71-year-old Eriksson has since gone on to manage the likes of Premier League duo Manchester City and Leicester City since leaving his role with the Three Lions in July 2006, also having stints with the Ivory Coast and most recently the Philippines national team.
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