England international Wayne Rooney will not be repeating his boxing goal celebration after his five-year-old son, Kai, was caught mimicking it at school.
Rooney, 29, celebrated scoring for Premier League club Manchester United against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford earlier this month by throwing a flurry of punches in the air before falling flat on his back.
“My wife went to pick him (Kai) up from school and saw him doing that in the classroom,’ Rooney is quoted as saying on the Daily Mail. “I’m sure you won’t be seeing that celebration again.”
The goal celebration was the club and country skipper’s way of making fun of a domestic film of him being floored by Stoke City and former United defender, Phil Bardsley, at his home.
United team-mates had poked fun at Rooney since the video was released on YouTube, but the 29-year-old said “I was only caught on the end of a punch. I wasn’t knocked out.”
He continued: “I come from a boxing background. I’d have apologised if I felt it was wrong. But for me, that’s been and gone.”
Asked what if he had fallen badly, he replied: “I never, so…”
Rooney is set for his 102nd England cap when the ‘Three Lions’ host Lithuania in their Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley on Friday night.
The striker has scored 46 goals on international stage, two shy of Gary Lineker, and three behind Bobby Charlton’s record 49 goals for England.
“Bobby’s been a great for Manchester United and England,” said Rooney. “I speak to him regularly at the club, especially after games. He gives me great advice, certainly when I was playing midfield because he was an attacking midfielder and he spoke to me about my role.
“But I don’t want to bring it up with him and say I’m close to beating him. Hopefully one day it will happen, sooner rather than later.”