FA: Rooney not set great tone as cap­tain with ho­tel rev­elry

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Wayne Rooney has faced a highly un­usual public re­buke from the Eng­land lead­er­ship over his late-night rev­elry at the team ho­tel be­tween matches.

The English Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion be­lieves Rooney wasn’t liv­ing up to his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as cap­tain of the na­tional team after be­ing pic­tured on Satur­day night bleary-eyed at a wed­ding re­cep­tion be­ing staged at the ho­tel.

Al­though the 31-year-old striker was off-duty at the time, the FA is un­happy with the con­duct of the team’s fig­ure­head.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s dis­ap­point­ing,” FA chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Glenn said Thurs­day out­side a meet­ing of Premier League team ex­ec­u­tives in Lon­don. “I think it’s ap­pro­pri­ate that he apol­o­gized be­cause it doesn’t set a great tone for the Eng­land cap­tain.”

Glenn said he doesn’t want to “over-dra­ma­tize” the in­ci­dent but it will lead to new rules for play­ers about how they can spend nights off while away with Eng­land. The FA is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether mem­bers of the Eng­land back­room staff were with Rooney when he dropped in on a wed­ding re­cep­tion be­ing held at the team ho­tel north of Lon­don.

“Why on earth you would be do­ing that given there is an un­der­stand­ing, a team agree­ment around al­co­hol con­sump­tion dur­ing camp,” Glenn said. “So there would be ques­tions asked for sure.”

The in­ci­dent on the day after Fri­day’s win over Scot­land is a blot on Rooney’s char­ac­ter after the Manch­ester United cap­tain had been thought to have curbed his pre­vi­ously er­ratic be­hav­ior on and off the field.

Rooney, who missed Tues­day’s friendly with Spain due to in­jury, was quick to apol­o­gize in public and pri­vately to Eng­land in­terim man­ager Gareth South­gate after the im­ages were pub­lished.

“Nat­u­rally Wayne is sorry that pic­tures taken with fans have been pub­lished to­day,” Rooney’s man­age­ment team said Tues­day. “Al­though it was a day off for the whole squad and staff, he fully rec­og­nizes that the im­ages are inappropriate for some­one in his po­si­tion.”

Rooney apol­o­gised to the public after the late-night pho­tos that were pub­lished Photo: AP

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