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Lark side of the Roon; (BUT WE'RE NOT SURE IF THEO SAW FUNNY SIDE!).

Byline: Steve Bates

WAYNE ROONEY demonstrated yesterday that a World Cup build-up is no place for the faint-hearted - but it is for the light-hearted.

Rooney's shooting practice ahead of today's warmup against Japan did not go entirely to plan - in fact he was so off target that boss Fabio Capello gave him a playful kick up the backside.

But Rooney was in no mood to be rebuked and told the Italian 'if you're so good, you have a go'.

Earlier in the session at England's training camp in Austria, Theo Walcott felt the shuddering force of a full-blooded Rooney challenge which appeared to shock watching team-mate Ashley Cole.

Walcott had to leap into the air to avoid injury...

now that's what you call altitude training.


SHOOTING GALLERY: Wayne Rooney gets a kick up the backside for his troubles after giving boss Fabio Capello lip during training - but he still manages to win the ball back from the gaffer! COMING THROOGH Pumped-up Wayne Rooney steams in on Theo Walcott
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 30, 2010
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