Rooney hits out at crit­ics

United star in­sists he is not fin­ished yet

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

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.

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