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Gerrard impressed by ice-cool Rooney

Published on Mar 28, 2013 6:21 AM
England's forward Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring a goal against Montenegro during their World Cup 2014 football qualification match at Podgorica stadium in Podgorica on March 26, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - England captain Steven Gerrard insists Wayne Rooney's ability to keep his fiery temper under control is crucial to his side's bid to qualify for the World Cup.

Rooney scored for the fourth successive qualifier, the first England player to achieve that feat since David Beckham 10 years ago, as Roy Hodgson's team held on for a 1-1 draw against Montenegro on Tuesday.

The Manchester United forward's first-half header wasn't enough to secure what would have been a valuable victory over the group leaders as Montenegro hit back to equalise through Dejan Damjanovic in the second half.

But Gerrard felt Rooney, who had been sent off on his last appearance in Montenegro 17 months ago, was instrumental in England's best moments because he was able to cope well with the hostile atmosphere in Podgorica.

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