‘My treat­ment is a disgrace’

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MANCH­ESTER United striker Wayne Rooney says re­ac­tion to his late-night con­duct on Eng­land duty has been “dis­grace­ful” and has vowed he is “not fin­ished yet”.

The Eng­land cap­tain apol­o­gised over “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” pic­tures of him at a wed­ding at the Eng­land team ho­tel dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break.

Rooney said his treat­ment showed “a lack of re­spect”.

“It feels as if the me­dia are try­ing to write my obit­u­ary and I won’t let that hap­pen,” he added.

Speak­ing af­ter he came off the bench for Manch­ester United in their draw with Ar­se­nal at Old Traf­ford on Satur­day, the 31-year-old claimed: “What’s been go­ing on is dis­grace­ful.

“I love play­ing for my coun­try and I am proud of my achieve­ments to date — but I have not fin­ished yet.” The Sun pub­lished im­ages on Mon­day which it said showed Rooney drunk at a party late on Satur­day night — a day af­ter Eng­land’s World Cup qual­i­fy­ing win over Scot­land. Eng­land play­ers are to be banned by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion from hav­ing nights out while on in­ter­na­tional duty. The FA is look­ing into claims sev­eral play­ers were out un­til late on the same night Satur­day night — less than three days be­fore they drew 2-2 with Spain in a friendly. Speak­ing on Match of the Day, for­mer Eng­land striker Ian Wright said: “I’m a big fan of Wayne’s and he’s been get­ting this for the past three or four years. It has been build­ing and build­ing. “I’m pleased he’s com­ing out with some­thing like this. It is like he is fight­ing back. Fight back Wayne.” Ex-Eng­land cap­tain Alan Shearer added: “All he has ever been is com­mit­ted and avail­able. If he was given the night off and he chose to stay in the ho­tel and have a few drinks then I don’t think there’s any­thing wrong with that. “If he was told to go to bed by the man­ager and chose not to then he has un­der­mined the man­ager and has to face the con­se­quences.” Stoke mid­fielder and Scot­land in­ter­na­tional Char­lie Adam said on MOTD 2 Ex­tra: “I to­tally agree with Rooney, he is spot on. He is the cap­tain of his coun­try and been one of the top play­ers for a num­ber of years. OK, he has had a drink, so what? “He has been in the ho­tel and tried to do the right thing be­cause he is a pro­fes­sional. Eng­land staff were there too. “We have all been there on an in­ter­na­tional. We would meet up on a Sun­day and we would have a one or two drinks be­fore bed be­cause we have all been play­ing at the week­end. It would never hap­pen in the week. They have had a game, it is fin­ished, they got back to the ho­tel and had a cou­ple of drinks. What is wrong with that?” —BBC Sport

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