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Terry allays Rooney temper fears

John Terry has shrugged off concerns that Wayne Rooney could find himself in disciplinary trouble when the World Cup kicks off.

The England striker was given a stark warning from local referee Jeff Selogilwe after an angry tirade aimed at the official during Monday's warm-up victory over South African club side Platinum Stars.

Rooney came on as a half-time substitute for Fabio Capello's side, but was booked after his introduction and told by Selogilwe to calm down.

Selogilwe later told the media: "He must learn to control his temper. He could get sent off in the World Cup, especially if he uses this kind of language."

However, Terry does not believe that Rooney is on collision course with referees when the tournament begins with a Group C game against the United States on Saturday.

"We could have done with Wayne on the pitch in the first half giving everyone a kick up the backside," said Terry.

"I was a little bit nervous when he gave the ball away and went into the tackle but I certainly don't think Wayne has a problem.

"From what we have seen in the last two or three years I honestly feel that he has grown up a lot."

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