It’s been a funny old year for Wayne Rooney.
It must feel like his Manchester United and England career is collapsing around his ears,
If his poor form on the pitch wasn’t enough to be going on with, he’s now been forced to apologise after drunken pictures of him emerged following the Three Lions’ 3-0 win over Scotland at the weekend.
Unsurprisingly, he didn’t feature for Gareth Southgate’s side against Spain on Tuesday, due to an ‘injury’. It seems unlikely he’ll make United’s starting XI against Arsenal either, though he’s still just 15/8 to score in 90 minutes with SkyBet.
Here’s the full apology from his representatives, courtesy of BBC Sport:
“Naturally Wayne is sorry that pictures taken with fans have been published.
“Although it was a day off for the whole squad and staff, he fully recognises that the images are inappropriate for someone in his position.
“Earlier today Wayne spoke privately to both Gareth Southgate and [FA technical director] Dan Ashworth to unreservedly apologise.
“He would like to further extend that apology to any young fans who have seen these pictures.”
The FA are set to launch a review of how their players conduct themselves while on international duty in the wake of the furore.
For Rooney, this could be the final nail in the coffin for his flailing captaincy for club and country.