Wayne Rooney branded his treatment ‘a disgrace’ and launched a furious attack on his critics following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
Pictures emerged last week in the Sun showing Rooney wearing his England training kit after allegedly gate-crashing a wedding at The Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire and drinking into the early hours, the day after England defeated Scotland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier.
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Rooney was condemned by the English Football Association CEO Martin Glenn for not setting the proper example as England captain, and he issued an apology statement to interim England boss Gareth Southgate, the FA, and his fans.
But after United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal this weekend, the 31-year-old didn’t hold any grudge against the Press and accused them of showing him “a lack of respect”.
“What’s been going on is disgraceful,” he told reporters after the match.
The England captain also insisted his international career was far from over after reacting angrily to what he perceives as attempts to drive him out of the England team.
“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.”
The 31-year-old missed Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Spain after injuring his knee when he rolled over an energy drink bottle coming out of the shower after the Scotland game.
In the wake of the incident The FA has banned players from being given time off during international breaks and warned the England’s all-time leading goalscorer over his future conduct.
However, the Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho defended his captain on Friday and criticised the Football Association for not looking after Rooney while he was on international duty.
Mourinho said: “If you go one by one, to see where these 23 [England] players were, some of them were in worse places than the hotel bar.
“The player goes to the national team, he belongs to the national team. If someone lends me something I have to take even better care [of it] than if it was mine.
“Your friend lends you a pencil, you have to take care of the pencil better than if it was your pencil. I think you have to build something to protect what is not yours, what someone lends you.”