The Three Lions were eliminated from the tournament in Ukraine and Poland on penalties by Italy, with the Red Devils striker missing the first two games through suspension and then failing to impress in the two games he did play in.
Rooney’s expectations were through the roof upon his return to the team, but the attacker looked rusty and off the pace against Italy in the decisive quarter-final.
Capello has suggested that Rooney may well save his best form for his club, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s words of advice potentially hitting closer to home.
“After seeing the latest game, I think Rooney only understands Scottish. That’s because he only plays well in Manchester, where Sir Alex Ferguson speaks Scottish,” the Italian told ANSA, translated to English by The Daily Mail.
“Look, when I spoke they did understand me.
“But every now and then, when I tried to explain tactics, things didn’t work out. You know what? Maybe it’s because Rooney doesn’t speak English. He doesn’t understand English,” Capello concluded.
By Gareth McKnight