Thu, Nov 17, 4:56pm by Staff Writer
England Captain Wayne Rooney has been forced to apologise “unreservedly” to interim England manager Gareth Southgate after the UK’s Sun newspaper published pictures of him that allegedly showed him drunk at a wedding at the team hotel while on international duty.
A statement issued on behalf of Rooney, called the images “inappropriate” with the newspaper headline reading, ‘Rooney drunk at a party late on Saturday night – a day after England’s World Cup qualifying win over Scotland.’
The 3-0 win kept England at the top of Group F and moved them into $1.11 to win the group and qualify for Russia 2018. Rooney was criticised for his performance and then it got worse for him 24 hours later. Making matters worse, he then missed Tuesday’s 2-2 friendly draw with Spain with a minor knee injury.
The 31-year-old is currently, according to Forbes magazine, the sixth-highest paid footballer in the world, but he’s certainly not playing like it. The Manchester United captain was benched as recently as October the 17th against Liverpool at Anfield and has only hit the back of the net twice all campaign.
Rooney’s apology came as the FA issued a statement saying “England personnel have a responsibility to behave appropriately at all times. We will be reviewing our policy around free time while on international duty.”
The governing body added: “Although it was a day off for the whole squad and staff, he fully recognises that the images are inappropriate for someone in his position. Earlier today Wayne spoke privately to both Gareth Southgate and [FA technical director] Dan Ashworth to unreservedly apologise.”
Thursday’s edition of ‘The Sun’ claims that the policy review was launched because up to 10 England players were at a nightclub until 4:30am GMT on Sunday while The FA, says it will review its policies around players’ free time.
Barney Ronay of the Guardian is among many UK based journalists to call for ‘Wazza’ to be dropped from the England squad, saying he is simply not fit enough and his best is long gone.
England’s second most capped player, has had some supporters though, Gary Neville is one of those in his corner, telling Sky Sports News that he still has plenty to offer for both club and country.
Despite pulling out of Tuesday’s match due to an ankle injury, Rooney will likely be available for Manchester United’s match at Old Trafford against Arsenal on Saturday night AEDT.
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