FA approaches Wayne Rooney over comments relating to Chelsea vs Manchester United fixture

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The comments were made in regards to a game against Chelsea 16 years ago.

The English Football Association will contact Wayne Rooney over comments made in a recent interview about a crunch Manchester United game, it is understood.

When playing Chelsea in a title-deciding game in 2006, Rooney said that he had changed his studs to metal, making them as long as legally possible, because he “wanted to try and hurt someone”.

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The game referred to in the interview culminated in a 3-0 loss for United, with Chelsea romping to a second successive league title.

The now Derby County manager said in the Sky Sports interview: “We knew if Chelsea won then they had won the league.”

He continued: “Until my last game for Derby, I always wore the old plastic studs with the metal tip.

“I knew they (Chelsea) were going to win that game. You could feel they were a better team at the time so I changed my studs.

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“The studs were legal but thinking if there’s a challenge there I knew I’d want to go in for it properly, basically. I did actually.

“John Terry left the stadium on crutches. I left a hole in his foot and then I signed my shirt to him after the game, and a few weeks later I sent it to him and asked for my stud back.”

Terry has responded on Twitter saying: “@WayneRooney, is this when you left your stud in my foot?”

Rooney enjoyed a stunning career at United, winning Premier League titles, FA Cups, League Cups and a solitary Champions League in 2008.

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He also tasted success internationally, becoming England’s highest all-time leading goalscorer.

The 36-year-old is currently managed of cash-strapped Derby County, where against all-odds he is mounting a challenge to beat the drop.

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