Steven Gerrard has labelled Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo a disgrace for his behaviour towards United teammate Wayne Rooney at the World Cup. Gerrard is furious with the way the Portugal winger intervened after Rooney appeared to stamp on Ricardo Carvalho in the quarter-final against England and then winked conspiratorially at his bench after the striker was sent off.
"Sadly a dark side stains Cristiano Ronaldo's game. His part in Wayne Rooney's dismissal was a disgrace,". The Liverpool midfielder and newly appointed England vice-captain added: "What really got to all the England players was Ronaldo's wink to his bench. "It was a wink which said 'job done'. How could he do that to his Manchester United team-mate? "On the bus after the game Wayne asked me 'what do you think about the wink?'. "'Honestly, Wazza, if we were playing Spain and Xabi Alonso or Luis Garcia winked at the referee or gave a signal for me to be sent off, I'd never speak to them again."