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Rooney was sent off in the quarter-final match against Portugal in the 2006 World Cup. Having been fouled repeatedly, Rooney was adjudged to have stamped on Ricardo Carvalho.
The player has always denied that the stamping was intentional, per Rob Draper of the Daily Mail:
I didn't feel guilty about what had happened because I still felt innocent. But my sending-off had let them down. Because of me, for whatever reason, they'd been made to struggle on with only 10 men.
There had been some claims that Cristiano Ronaldo was at fault, for being one of several players to complain about Rooney's stamp to the referee. However, referee Horacio Elizondo said his decision had never been in doubt, per Sky Sports:
It was violent play and therefore he got a red card. People can say what they want (about Ronaldo) but this had absolutely no influence. In general I don't pay much attention to that sort of thing because I don't care about the pressure on my shoulders during a match. For me it was a clear red card, so I didn't react to the Portuguese players. There was pushing and shoving on both sides but for me it wasn't a reason to caution anybody.
England went on to draw the game 0-0 but three out of the four penalty takers missed in the shootout.