Sven-Goran Eriksson mirrored every England fan after 2006 Wayne Rooney red card
Sven Goran Eriksson had the same reaction as every England fan on the planet after seeing Wayne Rooney get sent off during the Three Lions' World Cup quarter-final against Portugal in 2006.
The Swedish boss had watched his side lose to the Euro 2004 hosts just two years earlier, but went into the game full of confidence with an XI that included the likes of Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Frank Lampard as well as Rooney.
Following a tense first-half, the game would turn in favour of Luiz Felipe Scolari's side just after the hour mark with Rooney being dismissed by referee Horacio Elizondo of Argentina.
With the Manchester United forward adjudged to have stamped on Ricardo Carvalho, Cristiano Ronaldo played his part in talking to the ref before his infamous wink to his coaching staff.
In the trailer for Rooney's new Prime Video documentary, former England boss Eriksson was asked what his initial reaction was to seeing Rooney sent off in that clash, which his side went on to lose on penalties.
His one-word response was: "S***."
Sven went on to leave his post following the tournament, with England failing to qualify for Euro 2008 under Steve McLaren and fans left wondering what might've been in 2006.
Back in 2018, Rooney revealed what he said to former United team-mate Ronaldo following the incident, and admitted to trying to get his opponent booked earlier in the fixture.
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He told Sky Sports: “I spoke to Ronaldo after the game in the tunnel.
“I said the press are going to want to make a big thing about us falling out, but I said ‘don’t worry about it, I would have done the same thing’.
“I tried to get him booked for diving in the first half. He was my club team-mate, but he was a rival in internationals, so if I could have gotten him sent off, I would.”
Sven has also opened up about his England tenure in recent years, and admitted that he felt his team should've gone on to win the tournament in 2006.
He said: "We should have made the final. I don't think any team, at that time, were better than us. And I still don't think there was any team better. No one.
"I thought it before the tournament, I thought it during the tournament, I thought it after the tournament, I think it today. That was the mood of the players as well.
"That's history now. So… It was a pity. That's gone."
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