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Vucinic tells Rooney to expect fiery welcome

ESPN staff
March 25, 2013
Wayne Rooney saw red against Montenegro for a petulant kick at Miodrag Dzudovic © PA Photos

Montenegro international Mirko Vucinic believes the intense atmosphere of the Podgorica City Stadium will test Wayne Rooney's composure as the striker returns to the scene of his infamous sending off.

Rooney was shown a red card two years ago in a Euro 2012 qualifier after lashing out at Miodrag Dzudovic. He subsequently missed the opening two matches of the European Championship, but was selected for the tournament regardless.

Ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier, Juventus striker Vucinic has warned Rooney to expect a raucous welcome as the home side and their supporters aim to one again rile the Manchester United forward.

"There is no doubt Wayne Rooney is one of the best strikers in the world - but we know from the last time that he can sometimes play with a hot head," Vucinic told The Sun.

"Our fans will not forget the red card he received and they will let him know. It is an intimidating place to come and Rooney needs to keep a calm head.

"It has been proved over the years that you can get a reaction out of him. England would have no chance with 10 men and I am sure their coach will tell them that."

Dzudovic says he will not be holding back if faced with the prospect of challenging Rooney, claiming he has moved on from the previous incident between the pair.

"I don't hold a grudge against him but I will not be worried about going in hard, but fair, on him," said Dzudovic in the Guardian. "He was not trying to hurt me. It was just a moment of weakness on the pitch, something anyone could have."

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