Jamie Carragher delivers perfect speech on Wayne Rooney getting drunk

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Much has been made of Wayne Rooney being caught drunk at a wedding following England's 3-0 win over Scotland on November 11.

The Manchester United captain was told he wouldn't feature in the friendly against Spain last Tuesday and so joined in the celebrations back at England's Hertfordshire hotel.

Slammed by the press and defended by the likes of Gary Neville and Jurgen Klopp, Rooney has since branded the accusations as "disgraceful".

"What's been going on is disgraceful," he said following Saturday's draw against Arsenal. "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 is enough. That's all I want to say."

Jamie Carragher has now become the latest to defend Rooney and, in a lengthy speech on Monday Night Football (see below), the former Liverpool defender absolutely nailed it when giving his take on the controversy.

He explained: "Looking at the situation now after a week or so, the biggest problem is the FA. Where is that information coming from?

"Every day there is another question asked. Was he allowed to stay up? Next day the answer is there, that [Gareth] Southgate told him to go to bed at a certain time.

"Gareth Southgate was part of a squad in Euro 96 - different culture, different climate, I get that - where something went on before they got to the Euros. The way they dealt with it was as a collective responsibility.

"Wayne Rooney wasn't the only player to go out. The rest of the squad were in a night club. I know that I'd rather my player in the hotel bar rather than a night club.

"It's a collective responsibility. Why is it all on Wayne Rooney?

"People have said that he is the captain, he is an example to the rest of the squad, they all look up to him. If they all love him and look up to him so much, why did they not stay in the bar with him and go to that night club?

"Have you ever for one moment stopped and thought what it might be like to be Wayne Rooney?

"People will say he earns this and he has a fantastic life. Yes, of course he has, but he can't go to a nightclub. The whole place would come to a standstill.

"He can't go out on a Saturday night, so his only real chance is in a hotel bar - and we are talking about staff being with him.

"Have you ever thought that they might be some of his closest friends? How many people can you trust? They are masseurs and physios that have been with him for 10 to 12 years.

"Think of the pressure he has been under all season. He's a human being. He's got friends, he's got family - he needs a release!"

Well said, Jamie.

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