Spurs ace Defoe defends Rooney after England outburst

Jermain Defoe has defended England teammate Wayne Rooney after his outburst in yesterday's friendly against Platinum Stars.

Jermain Defoe has defended England teammate Wayne Rooney after his outburst in yesterday's friendly against Platinum Stars.

Rooney appeared wound up when he appeared as a second-half substitute during England's 3-0 win over Platinum Stars in their final warm-up game for the finals.

The Manchester United striker was guilty of a late challenge on Kagiso Senamela and was then booked for dissent.

He appeared in a similar frame of mind in the international with Japan in Graz nine days ago.

But Defoe has leapt to the defence of the 24-year-old, who was sent off in the 2006 quarter-final against Portugal.

The Tottenham striker said: "If under control, I think Wayne's temper is a good thing.

"When you've got that fire in your belly as a player (it can be good). If you take that away from Wayne, then he won't be the same player."

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