Wayne Rooney reveals moment he regrets most in his career

Wayne Rooney has shed light on the moment in his career he regrets most (file image)
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Wayne Rooney has conceded that receiving a red card during England's 2006 World Cup match against Portugal is the moment he regrets the most in his career.

Rooney, who was merely 20 at the time, was sent off the pitch for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho, which led to England's 10-man team suffering a 3-1 loss to Portugal on penalties, following a goalless draw.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney's Manchester United team-mate and Portuguese opponent, appeared to involve himself and even winked at the Portugal bench subsequently after his dismissal, the Mirror.

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However, Rooney dismissed rumours of a quarrel and recollected the "horrible" feeling he experienced in the dressing room post-red card.

"The red card in the World Cup was my lowest moment in football," he shared with Sky Bet's The Overlap. "That was a difficult one because I remember going in the dressing room and thinking, if we go through, I'm suspended for the semi-final and final if we get there, and if we don't, it's your fault. It was horrible."

Contrasting to that low point was the pride Rooney felt during Euro 2004 when as an 18-year-old, he stole the show by scoring four goals. However, his run sadly ended after he broke his metatarsal bone in his right foot during the quarter-finals against Portugal.

He expressed those Euros were his favourite time with England, stating: "I just loved that tournament and obviously I never got back to those heights for England."

"I just loved that time and wanted to play every day, and every minute, but unfortunately it didn't pan out like we wanted."

Despite having performed at numerous impressive stadiums worldwide, Rooney disclosed that Wembley remained his favourite.

"My favourite ground to play in was Wembley, I love Wembley," he expressed. "I like Arsenal 's new stadium as well. I used to love White Hart Lane, Highbury, these types of grounds. But I think Wembley is incredible."