Wayne Rooney concluded a disappointing week by helping Manchester United to a draw against Arsenal.
The 31-year-old will have been delighted to put the events of the past seven days, in which he was heavily criticised for allegedly drinking until 5am at England’s team hotel, behind him.
Rooney was brought off the bench in the 63rd minute and six minutes later United had the lead. They were unable to hang on, though, Olivier Giroud scoring a late header.
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The United forward’s misery began on Friday when a fall inside the dressing room at Wembley Stadium following England’s 3-0 win against Scotland forced him to miss Tuesday’s friendly against Spain.
What followed was a week of pure backlash. Newspapers and radio stations couldn’t wait to pile on to Rooney for apparently showing exactly how a role model shouldn’t behave.
After issuing an apology through his advisers, Rooney has now broken his silence. And he isn’t happy.
“What's been going on is disgraceful,” he told reporters after the 1-1 draw against Arsenal, via the Telegraph.
“I'm proud to play for my country and I'm proud of my achievements. It's not finished yet.
"I think what's been going on is disgraceful. It shows a lack of respect and I think enough to enough. That's all I want to say."
Two sides to the argument
There are two sides to the argument. On the one hand, Rooney apparently disobeyed England manager Gareth Southgate’s orders to call it a night at 11pm.
On the other, he wanted to have a few drinks knowing full well that he wouldn’t play again for seven days.
Mourinho: The FA should've helped Rooney
Man United boss Jose Mourinho believes the FA should have done more to help Rooney avoid trouble.
“The player goes to the national team, he belongs to the national team and when, as I learned since I was a kid, if someone lends me something I have to take even better care [of it] than if it was mine,” the Portuguese said.
“Since school, you know. Your friend lends you a pencil, you have to take care of the pencil better than if it was your pencil.
“So I think when one day if I become a national team manager, I will try – try, and I am not saying that I will be successful on that and I am not being critical with Gary or anyone, and I get the occasion to wish Gary the best of luck - but I think you have to build something to protect what is not yours, what someone lends you.”