England captain Wayne Rooney has said sorry after pictures of him boozing until the wee small hours of Sunday morning made the front page of The Sun.
Rooney, who had played the full 90 minutes as England beat Scotland 3-0 just over 24 hours earlier, did not play in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Spain because of an ankle injury.
Despite his drinking not affecting his eligibility for the Spain game, Rooney has seemingly felt the need to apologise for his actions.
A statement written on Rooney’s behalf was published by Sky Sports.
The message read: “Naturally Wayne is sorry that pictures taken with fans have been published today.
“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 Dan Ashworth to unreservedly apologise.
“He would like to further extend that apology to any young fans who have seen these pictures.”
Although Rooney appears to have accepted his wrongdoing, his manager at club level is apparently angry with the FA.
Another Sky Sports report claims that Mourinho is incensed that multiple FA officials were present while Rooney was getting his drink on.
Rooney is a 31-year-old man. He has three children and a wife. For Mourinho to try to blame anyone other than his captain is outrageous.
Jose should either say he has no problem with Rooney getting sloshed, or say he’s been naughty. To start another FA conspiracy is just tired.