Sven’s face says it all after finding out Rooney never told him he was injured

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Sven-Goran Eriksson was unaware that Wayne Rooney had injured himself during the 2006 World Cup and was stunned when he found out.

Rooney had picked up an injury playing for Manchester United on the eve of the tournament, fracturing his metatarsal in April 2006.

However, Eriksson included the then 20-year-old striker in his squad for the tournament against the wishes of Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

The former England boss played Rooney in four of England's five matches in the tournament but did not know that his star man had injured his groin during his first World Cup training session.

Erikssondiscovers the news in a new Amazon Prime documentary titled 'Rooney', in which both he and Rooney discuss that World Cup campaign.

Speaking about his initial foot injury, Rooney recalls: "I remember thinking, it is my first World Cup, how can I not be there?

"I need to do everything I can to be there. And I did, I was in oxygen chambers, I was back and forth seeing specialists."

Ferguson was adamant that Rooney should not feature at the tournament and even threatened to kill the Three Lions boss.

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"Sir Alex did not want Rooney to go," explains Eriksson.

"He told me very, very straight: 'You don't take him, that's it Sven, I am going to kill you!'

"I told him, Sir Alex, go on holiday, I am going to take Rooney and we are going to the World Cup. Sorry. And that was it [mimics hanging up the phone]!

"If there was a chance that Rooney could have been fit, even for just one game, and I did not pick him, they would have killed me even before the World Cup."

Unknown to Eriksson, though, Rooney actually picked up another injury in his first training session with the Three Lions squad.

Rooney reveals: "My first training session with the team was the next day. We went out to the pitch, jogging round and there is a ball by the halfway line.

"I kicked it trying to hit the crossbar… pulled my groin. I had a six centimetre tear in my groin which I didn't report to the physios."

Eriksson's shocked reaction to discovering the news is then displayed and he exclaims: "I did not know that!"

Rooney also adds: "I think it is naive, of course, but you want to play. You want to play for your country. I just thought I'd be OK."

Having missed England's opener against Paraguay, Rooney featured in the final two group matches as well as both of England's knockout games.

However, he was sent off for an alleged stamp on Ricardo Carvalho during England's quarter-final against Portugal, which ended in defeat on penalties.

Overall, Rooney won 34 of his 120 England caps with Eriksson as manager and scored the first 11 of his record 53 international goals under the Swede's management.

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