Wayne Rooney Told to Control His Temper, Sun Reports: Soccer Roundup

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Rooney’s Temper

The referee in England’s final pre-World Cup match said Wayne Rooney risks being sent off during the tournament if he doesn’t control his temper, the Sun reported.

The England striker was shown a yellow card after cursing at referee Jeff Selogilwe during a 3-0 win over South African team Platinum Stars yesterday.

“He must learn to control his temper,” the Sun quoted Selogilwe as saying. “ He could get sent off in the World Cup, especially if he uses this kind of language. If he insults a referee like me, then he will use that vulgar language to other referees as well.”

Rooney received a red card in England’s loss to Portugal in the 2006 World Cup quarterfinals after stamping on Ricardo Carvalho.

Cole, Agbonlahor

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp wants to sign Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole and is putting together a 22 million-pound ($32 million) package for Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor, the Daily Express said.

Redknapp could offer 12 million pound-rated Robbie Keane as part of a deal for Agbonlahor, the Express said.

Toure Key

Yaya Toure’s agent said the Ivory Coast midfielder’s potential move to Arsenal is the key to Cesc Fabregas joining Barcelona, the Daily Mirror reported.

Manchester City and Chelsea are also tracking Toure, the newspaper added.

Ballack to Dubai?

Chelsea could face competition from several clubs in Dubai for midfielder Michael Ballack, the Guardian said.

Ballack becomes a free agent on July 1 and has failed to agree to an extension with the Premier League champion. He’s emerged as a target of several teams in Dubai, including Al Wasl and Al Shabab, the Guardian said.

Pulis Wants Pav

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has lined up an 11 million-pound bid for Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, and is poised to sign Hull defender Steven Mouyokolo, the Mirror reported.

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