Handanovic in Rooney rage
Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic has voiced his displeasure at the behaviour of Wayne Rooney.
Last Updated: 06/09/09 8:45pm
Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic has voiced his displeasure at the behaviour of Wayne Rooney in England's 2-1 win at Wembley on Saturday.
The Manchester United striker is at the centre of a diving storm that comes on the back of his being accused of a similar offence just a week earlier against Arsenal.
Rooney went down in the first half of the friendly in a challenge with Bostjan Cesar and appealed to Jonas Eriksson for a spot-kick, which was awarded by the Swedish referee despite Slovenia players insisting it was the England forward who committed a foul.
Skipper Robert Koren has accused Rooney of "going down a bit too easy" and Handanovic was also angry as his team-mate Cesar will miss the crucial clash against Poland on Wednesday.
"Cesar is not okay, he will not play on Wednesday now and will be out for 10 to 15 days," the Udinese goalkeeper said. "He is very important for us but it makes us angry about the penalty not the injury.
"Foul? It was a foul for us. In this situation the referee did not do well. He gave it because England is a bigger national team than Slovenia.
"I'm not happy. He is a good player but I did not expect this from a player from a good team with this quality."
Handanovic was also upset with Rooney's appeal to Eriksson, adding: "It was wrong for him to do this.
"It was not fair play but this is football. I don't know what we can do about it now."
Handanovic does not expect England to get such favourable decisions when Croatia arrive at Wembley on Wednesday.
"I do think the referee for the Croatia game will be at a higher level," he said.
"Croatia are a very good team and when they play in big games they are very good. England have a good chance of winning but I think it will be a tough game."