Wayne Rooney has been advised to see a psychologist in a bid to overcome the disciplinary problems which saw him red carded in Spain on Wednesday for sarcastically applauding a Danish referee.

English Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor believes Rooney could benefit from counselling.

“There is a great talent there and you just do not want to see it wasted for the sake of poor temperament,” Taylor said.

“You hope that with the advice and help from his manager and team-mates, Wayne will realise losing his temper like that is counter-productive.

“It’s a matter of counting to 10 and not reacting to situations.

“There is a much broader use of counselling and psychology among sports people these days, particularly for those who find themselves in difficult situations on and off the field.

“We’ve found that clinics such as Sporting Chance and others can help our members.”

Referee Kim Nielsen described Rooney’s actions as “stupid” and believes his indiscipline could have a detrimental effect on his playing career.

“I have had verbal protests but never a gesture like that. If Rooney keeps showing referees such a lack of respect, he’ll find it hard to stay on the pitch,” said the Dane.

“When you are only getting mad with opponents and referees it affects your performance. That is a terrible waste of his talent.”