Rooney hits out at critics
United star insists he is not finished yet
Wayne Rooney branded his treatment ‘a disgrace’ and launched a furious attack on his critics following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
The Manchester United striker was vilified, and forced to apologise, after being pictured apparently worse for wear at the England team hotel in the early hours of Sunday while on international duty.
“What’s been going on is disgraceful,” the England captain declared after Jose Mourinho’s side suffered late heartbreak at Old Trafford.
“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.”
Rooney has come in for fierce stick after a picture of him in an England training top with winestained lips and bleary eyes after he joined a wedding party at The Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire.
He has kept his counsel, but after Olivier Giroud’s dramatic late header had snatched a point for Arsenal in a match United had deservedly looked set to win following a Juan Mata strike, the 31-yearold, who came on as a second-half substitute, went on the offensive.
“It shows a lack of respect,” Rooney added, “I think enough is enough.”
England’s record scorer also accused sections of the press of trying to prematurely bring down the curtain on his England career. “It feels as if the media are trying to write my obituary and I won’t let that happen,” he said.
“I love playing for my country and I am proud of my achievements to date - but I have not finished yet. That’s all I want to say.”
Rooney joined the wedding party after being given the night off by England boss Gareth Southgate following the 3-0 victory over Scotland.
The 31-year-old missed Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Spain after injuring his knee when he tripped over an energy bottle drink coming out of the shower after the Scotland game.
Rooney is currently on 119 caps for his country, six behind Peter Shilton, whose record he is desperate to break.
On that Saturday night, Rooney, joined by Everton defender Phil Jagielka and members of the FA’s backroom staff, made a spectacle of himself at the hotel’s piano where he was spotted by a security official.
The official reported the matter to Southgate, who gently suggested it was time for everyone to turn in, at 11pm.
Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney in action against Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi.