It’s not been a great week for Wayne Rooney.
The England star issued an apology after he was pictured “too drunk to stand” at the team’s hotel on Saturday night.
There are suggestions that Rooney will lose the captain’s armband following the incident. Although he has received support from Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino, others have condemned his behaviour as he is supposed to be a role model.
The Sun, who published the photos of Rooney looking worse for wear, claim he ignored Gareth Southgate’s order to call it a night.
The 31-year-old was celebrating England’s 3-0 win over Scotland the night before.
Rooney played the entire 90 minutes as Southgate’s team took another step towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, but he missed the friendly against Spain four days later after picking up an injury.
It was reported that the Manchester United ace had suffered an injury to his knee but it wasn’t explained just how the injury occurred.
Rooney probably didn’t want that information to come out, either, because it’s pretty bizarre. According to The Times, the forward slipped on an energy drink when he returned to the home dressing room at Wembley Stadium.
Embarrassing or what?
Man United with and without Rooney
Rooney has come under severe criticism from United supporters this season. Indeed, a survey by the Manchester Evening News found that 81 per cent of fans don’t want him to start against Arsenal on Saturday.
It’s clear that he doesn’t impact a game like he used to, but have United fared better with or without him in the starting line-up? GiveMeSport crunched the numbers, and the results are pretty surprising.
Following the images of Rooney at The Grove hotel on Saturday night, a statement on his behalf read: “Naturally Wayne is sorry that pictures taken with fans have been published.
"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.
"He would like to further extend that apology to any young fans who have seen these pictures."
According to Sky Sports, Rooney will be ready in time for United’s clash against Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime. He’ll be desperate to play - and score - as he moves on from what has been a miserable week.