What really happened during Wayne Rooney’s late-night drinking session

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Wayne Rooney delivered an "unreserved" apology earlier this week after images were published of him appearing to be drunk at a late-night party on Saturday night.

The pictures, which were taken the day after England's 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley, showed the 31-year-old alongside teammate Phil Jagielka as well as some female fans in the team hotel bar.

Numerous headlines have been produced since the incident but, per the Daily Mail, what really happened as Gareth Southgate gave his players the night off has now emerged.


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What actually happened?

It began when Rooney, joined by Everton defender Jagielka and members of the FA's backroom staff, chose to sit down at a piano and the group 'as a whole' started to make a spectacle of themselves.

They were spotted by an England security official, who then immediately walked back through the five-star hotel from the public bar to the section exclusive to the national team and reported his concerns to Gareth Southgate.

Southgate felt that the Manchester United captain and his colleagues were a little worse for wear and politely suggested that it was time for everyone to go up to their rooms and get some sleep.

As a result, England's interim manager asked the security staff to move Rooney and co away from the piano and back to a more private area in an effective yet discrete manner.

It was around 11pm and Southgate, who had been pleased with Rooney's attitude after putting him on the bench for a few games during his short tenure, wanted his players fit and ready for training at 2pm the following day.

After their important win on Friday night, the squad were given Saturday off to rest but the 46-year-old ex-England international wanted to get two training sessions in on Sunday ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Spain, as he looked to secure the job on a permanent basis.

At 11pm, everyone seemed to be heading to their rooms as Southgate had ordered, however Rooney chose to secretly return to where a wedding party was just getting started and ended up partying until 5am.

Southgate probably would have been none the wiser that his skipper had disregarded his demands, had England's all-time leading goalscorer not posed for photographs with women at the party, in which his wine-stained lips indicated how much alcohol he had consumed.

What happens now?

FA chief executive Martin Glenn has stated that they have launched an investigation to find out whether Jagielka and others, thought to include sports masseur Mark Sertori, accompanied Rooney and undermined Southgate by returning to the public bar area of the hotel.

Rooney missed the 2-2 draw against Spain after he picked up a knee injury by slipping on a bottle, however Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho confirmed that he's trained over the last few days and is ready to play when they welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford in Saturday's early kick-off.

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