London: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes striker Wayne Rooney has finally matured as a footballer, which depicts in his unblemished disciplinary record this season.
Statistics claim that Rooney is yet to pick up a caution in his last 27 games, and he hasn`t even committed a foul.
It makes the brief red mist that transpired during England`s game in Montenegro last September even more unfathomable, as that grouchy kick at Miodrag Dzudovic means Rooney will be suspended from the first two Euro 2012 group games against France and Sweden
This stat has come as a surprise for many as 26-year old Rooney has averaged 10 cautions a season over his senior career, but Ferguson thinks it is all down to maturity.
"You always see a maturity about players when they reach their mid-20s. Along with their ability comes the maturity, the thought patterns and the timing - it all comes into their game," a daily quoted Ferguson, as saying.
"They are more in control of themselves in terms of what they are capable of doing. Experience helps, of course and that`s what they get when they are in their mid-20s," he added.
"People mature. I never worry about that with Wayne. I don`t think he has had many bookings, but as a team we haven`t had that many compared with other teams. And we have had only one sending off - Jonny Evans," he said.
Interestingly, during this time last year, Rooney picked up a two-game ban for swearing into a television camera after completing his hat trick in United`s spectacular comeback at West Ham.
I was down 2-1 in the third it was really tight and it was really tough.