Wayne Rooney : “I have never intentionally dived.”

Good one Wayne.

After last week’s blatant dive against Arsenal, Wayne Rooney was at it again yesterday, this time in an England shirt. The Manchester United striker has come in for some criticism in recent days after he stated that he has never intentionally dived, however judging by yesterday, Mr. Rooney is a liar.

Following yesterday’s friendly international at Wembley, Rooney had this to say on the matter : “I have never intentionally tried to dive, there have been times when I have tried to stay on my feet and tried to get the shot off rather than going down. I have never intentionally dived. I think everyone who watches me play knows I am an honest player who tries to be as honest as they can.”

Even the most ardent Manchester United fan would have to admit Rooney is lying when he says he has never intentionally dived. It’s a sad fact of modern day football that the large majority of players dive when they see an opportunity arise. As we have seen in previous weeks, UEFA have begun to take a firm stance against diving by banning Arsenal’s Eduardo for two games for his dive against Celtic and personally, I am fascinated to see if two game bans will be handed out on a more consistent basis.