- Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has explained how Alex Ferguson threatened to 'kill him'
- Ferguson threatened Eriksson then because he did not want him to use Rooney in England
- Eriksson made it clear that Ferguson called him early in the morning to express his anger
Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed the battle he had with ex-Manchester United boss over the selection of striker Wayne Rooney.
Wayne Rooney made his international debut for England as an 18-year-old star in 2003 under Eriksson who was in charge of England from 2001-2006.
And after his excellent performance at the Euro 2004 championship, Wayne Rooney left Everton for a big move to Manchester United.
When Ferguson was in charge at Manchester United, he was often reluctant to allow his players to go on international duty because of fitness and injury.
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Eriksson has now explained how Alex Ferguson threatened to ''kill him'' if he picked his striker Wayne Rooney for England duty.
"With Alex, the amazing thing was it was seven o’clock in the morning or earlier. Always when he was angry.
"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,'' Eriksson told the Times.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Wayne Rooney finally made a sensational return to England as he joins Championship side Derby County as a coach-player.
The former Manchester United and Everton striker will look to replace Frank Lampard who is currently Chelsea's manager.
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