The England captain’s “unreserved” apology came forth on Wednesday to interim manager Gareth Southgate and FA’s technical director Dan Ashworth for his drunken antics and the subsequent publication of embarrassing photographs which resulted in the Football Association banning players from night outs. Rooney starred in England’s 3-0 win over arch rivals Scotland at Wembley on Friday but sustained a knee injury in the match which forced him to sit out for the friendly 2-2 draw against Spain.
According to the British tabloid The Sun, it was in the break between these two matches, on Saturday that Rooney allegedly got drunk and gatecrashed a wedding at the team hotel in Watford, north of London hours before he was due to train.
The newspaper went on to add that the 31-year old Manchester United had been drinking and looked worse for wear, and went on to publish a picture of him on Wednesday morning.
— The Sun (@TheSun) November 15, 2016
According to reports, Rooney opted to stay at the Grove Hotel with Jagielka and, stayed up until the early hours of Sunday morning before then being pictured with other hotel guests who had attended a wedding.
A statement was then issued by the player’s management on his behalf to the British Press Association, it said, “Naturally Wayne is sorry that pictures taken with fans have been published today. 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 (Wednesday) Wayne spoke privately to both Gareth Southgate and Dan Ashworth to unreservedly apologise. “He would like to further extend that apology to any young fans who have seen these pictures.”
Earlier, an FA spokesperson was quoted as saying to AFP, “All England personnel have a responsibility to behave appropriately at all times. We will be reviewing our policy around free time whilst on international duty.”
However, post the Spain fixture, Gareth Southgate was resolute that Wayne Rooney was not left out of the squad as a disciplinary measure.
“Wayne picked up an injury in the game (against Scotland) on Friday,” said Southgate. “He couldn’t train on Sunday and that’s it.”