A lot has been made of the photos of a drunk Wayne Rooney following England’s victory over Scotland.
The England skipper was looking worse for wear on Saturday after having a few drinks with guests from a wedding party being held at the England hotel in Hertfordshire.
Rooney picked up a minor knee injury during the 3-0 victory over the Scots and, therefore, knew he wouldn’t be playing against Spain on Tuesday night. That didn’t stop plenty of people believing Rooney’s behaviour was unacceptable, prompting him to release a statement apologising for his actions.
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“Naturally Wayne is sorry that pictures taken with fans have been published today,” it said.
“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.
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“Earlier today, Wayne spoke privately to both Gareth Southgate and Dan Ashworth to unreservedly apologise.
It’s also believed that his club boss Jose Mourinho is annoyed about the situation and is set to drop him to the bench for United's clash against Arsenal this weekend.
However, it seems as though some people are on Rooney’s side. That includes Liverpool manger Jurgen Klopp who can’t believe the fuss that has been made over the incident.
“He’s apologised for having a glass of whatever? I really feel for the players. There’s a human being behind the kid," he said in his press conference.
“This generation is the most professional generation of footballers we have ever had. The legends drank like devils and were still good players.
“I’m pretty sure what Wayne did wasn’t so serious.
“That’s the life we live, under a (magnifying) glass and in one or two weeks no one will remember this.”
Despite being the manager of a rival team, Klopp has absolutely nailed it. Why is everyone making such a massive deal over Rooney having a few drinks seven days before his next match?
And it seems that Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker is also backing Rooney. He tweeted: "Shock, horror. England footballer has a few drinks after a game. Would never have happened in my day.....much.”
That support won’t help Rooney on Saturday with him set to be named on the bench against Arsenal in the lunchtime kick-off with Mourinho unhappy with his conduct.
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