Breaking: Wayne Rooney apologises to Gareth Southgate and FA after weekend drinking antics


Wayne Rooney has unreservedly apologised to Gareth Southgate and Football Association for his conduct on England duty. The Englishman accepted the pictures which emerged of him throughout the weekend were improper for somebody in his position.

Rooney’s behaviour in the wake of the 3-0 win over Scotland last Friday stood out as truly newsworthy in the newspaper The Sun on Wednesday with charges that the England and Manchester United captain was drinking intensely at a wedding party in his free time after the match. A photo appeared in the paper to show that Rooney dropped in on a wedding party, with brandishing an England preparing top, searching the worse for wear.

The Manchester United player’s foolish behaviour the night after England’s match against Scotland have baffled the Football Association, which will now survey players’ spare time on international duty.

The Spokesperson on behalf of Rooney suggested he had apologised to England’s interim manager Southgate, and the FA technical director, Dan Ashworth.

The statement quoted: “Naturally Wayne is sorry that pictures taken with fans have been published today,” it said. “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 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.”

The English Captain started the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifying win against Scotland on Friday, but a minor knee injury saw him withdraw from the squad to face Spain. However, Southgate denied after Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Spain that Rooney’s absence was anything to do with images that emerged from The Grove hotel.

Rooney has faced a tough campaign, finding himself in the unusual situation of fighting for his place in the team. Now it remains to be seen what Jose Mourinho and Manchester United make of the incident in the upcoming days.

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