MANCHESTER — Wayne Rooney is fighting back.
In a week of turmoil off the pitch, the Manchester United and England captain thinks enough is enough.
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Rooney, 31, apologized publicly after photos emerged of him drunk at a hotel bar last Saturday following England’s 3-0 win against Scotland in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday
It transpired that Rooney, in full team tracksuit, England defender Phil Jagielka and some members of the English national team backroom staff were enjoying drinks with members of a wedding reception going on in their team hotel.
The photos were then plastered across tabloids and leading figures in the English FA have scolded Rooney for his behavior and his club manager Jose Mourinho was unhappy with the English players given time off.
Speaking to reporters briefly at Old Trafford after United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday — Rooney started on the bench but came on for the final 30 minutes after recovering from a slight knee injury — the all-time leading goalscorer for England slammed the way the press has treated him.
“It feels as if the media are trying to write my obituary and I won’t let that happen,” Rooney said. “What’s been going on is disgraceful. 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.”
He’s alive and kicking.
Let’s look at the facts…
- Rooney was enjoying a drink on a scheduled team night off
- He was not schedule to return to national team duty until Sunday morning
- He’d suffered a knee injury so wasn’t available to play for England in their friendly against Spain a few days later anyway
- He has been defended by multiple Premier League managers for his actions
Following the draw with Arsenal on Saturday, Rooney was kicking a ball around with his kids at an empty Old Trafford. He was smiling and laughing and after the week he has had, coupled with months of scrutiny this season following him dropped by both United and England, he looked like he needed to switch off. Fans of Manchester United had been chanting his name as he warmed u on the sidelines and then gave him a huge roar when he came on. He is still idolized by many.
Hopefully everyone concerned can move on from this quickly, but it seems like Rooney will not forget the way he’s been treated by the media.