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'The biggest problem is the FA': Jamie Carragher launches impassioned defence of Wayne Rooney

The former Liverpool defender spoke a lot of sense last night.

JAMIE CARRAGHER LAST night launched an impassioned defence of Wayne Rooney, claiming that the England captain’s actions are not the problem within the international set-up.

Speaking on Monday Night Football, the former Liverpool defender insisted Rooney is not solely to blame for the ‘wedding crash’ incident which forced the striker to publicly apologise for being pictured looking worse for wear.
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“The biggest problem is not Wayne Rooney or the players,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.

“For me looking at the situation after a week or so, the biggest problem is the FA.

“Where’s all this information coming from? Every day there’s another question asked. Was he allowed to stay up? The next day the answer is there. Who was he with? There’s information coming out of the FA.

Carragher added: “Have you ever thought for one minute what it’s like being Wayne Rooney? People may say he earns lots of money and he’s got a fantastic life.

“Of course he has but he can’t go to a night club. The whole place would come to a standstill. He can’t go out on a Saturday night so his only real chance is in the hotel bar.

“We talk about staff being with him, they may be some of his closest friends. How many people can he trust? They are masseurs and physios he’s known for 10 to 12 years. Think of it like that. The pressure that lad’s been under all season.

“Every performance gets scrutinised so much. ‘He shouldn’t be in the team, the money he’s on, Manchester United need to get rid of him, England are a better team without him’.

“He’s a human being with family and friends. He needs a release.”

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