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Exclusive – Wade Barrett on REAL reason behind Wayne Rooney’s absence for England: ‘He broke his fingers when he slapped me!’


WWE star Wade Barrett has sworn revenge on England captain Wayne Rooney, and revealed to talkSPORT the REAL reason why the striker is missing for England in Friday’s friendly against Spain.

Roy Hodgson revealed on Thursday that the skipper is set to sit out of the game in Alicante, but insisted it was simply to give his other strikers the chance to impress before Euro 2016.

But after their famous clash at WWE Raw in Manchester this week, King Barrett insists there is another reason for Rooney’s vanishing act.

“I think he broke his fingers when he slapped me actually,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “That’s what I heard!”

The Preston-born wrestler – and avid Preston North End fan – has a feud with the Manchester United forward dating back to earlier this year, when he called Rooney out for a bout after watching him take a dive against his beloved Lilywhites in last season’s FA Cup.

Rooney and Barrett finally met face-to-face on Monday night, with their encounter ending with the pint-size forward laying the smackdown on towering athlete from his ring-side seat in the audience.

Barrett didn’t take too kindly to the England record goalscorer’s antics and he quickly called on the expertise of Stoke City defender Phil Bardsley, who notoriously appeared to knock Rooney out in a video of a play fight that emerged online, to aid in his revenge plot.

However, he is keen to ensure Rooney is not too beaten up for the summer’s Euro 2016 tournament…

“We all know what Phil Bardsley did to Wayne,” added Barrett. “So I just wanted to get his phone number to get a bit of advice on how I take Wayne down.

“Phil figured it out in the past, so I wanted to get a few tips from him before I track Wayne down a get a bit of payback!

“When I catch up with him he’s going to get a lot more damage than that. But I want him healthy for Euro 2016, so I’m going to get my damage in very early to give him enough time to recover because I want to see us win that tournament.”

Liston to talkSPORT’s exclusive interview with Wade Barrett above, and check out how he began his hunt for revenge on Wayne Rooney in the video below!