Wayne Rooney has hit the headlines this week for all the wrong reasons.
The England and Manchester United captain was on every newspaper back page last weekend with pictures of him looking as though he’s had a few drinks too many. That was exactly the case after he joined a wedding party following England’s 3-0 victory over Scotland on Friday night.
The incident has got everyone talking and there is certainly a contrast of opinions. Some believe Rooney was acting irresponsibly and there are reports suggesting he could lose the England captaincy as a result. However, others think that the whole situation has been blown out of proportions and no action should be taken.
The incident certainly didn’t come as a surprise to one man.
Fellow scouser Jamie Carragher knows only too well about Rooney’s previous drinking habits and recalled the first time he met the striker in a nightclub.
"He has had to contend with a week of being headline news, but it is no secret that Wayne likes a drink, as I can testify about the first time I met him,” he wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“It was 2002 and I was in a nightclub in Liverpool. Wayne was just about to make his debut for Everton but he was full of confidence and he told me with absolute certainty what he was going to do to me in his first derby game!
“It's been 14 years since that meeting but, with five Premier League titles, the FA Cup, a Champions League and 119 England caps, he hasn't done too badly, has he?”
After telling the story of when he first met an 18-year-old Rooney, Carragher went on to give his own opinion of the news this week.
"I think some of the coverage about him has been way over the top — he had a week until his next game — but the scrutiny shows the world we now live in," he added.
"Critics have called him a throwback to a different era in recent days and while it is true that Wayne is not a sport scientist's dream, the thing we have loved him for on the pitch during his career is for that very fact: he is a throwback and does things off the cuff.
"This story will come up again, no doubt, in the future and just think: if he is ever wondering what to do after football, he will at least have a fantastic time on the after-dinner circuit."
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