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Rooney apologises for 'wedding crash' incident as FA begin review

The England captain was pictured with guests at the team’s hotel over the weekend.

Rooney missed England's friendly with Spain last night due to injury.
Rooney missed England's friendly with Spain last night due to injury.
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ENGLAND CAPTAIN WAYNE Rooney’s conduct at the squad’s hotel has led the Football Association to review its policy regarding players’ free time and issue a warning regarding “appropriate” behaviour.

Rooney started England’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over arch-rivals Scotland at Wembley on Friday, a match in which he suffered a knee injury that ruled him out of Tuesday’s 2-2 friendly draw at home to Spain.

But in between those matches British tabloid The Sun alleged Rooney drunkenly gatecrashed a wedding at England’s hotel in Watford, north of London, on Saturday.

An FA spokesperson said: “All England personnel have a responsibility to behave appropriately at all times. We will be reviewing our policy around free time whilst on international duty.”

The Sun said Manchester United star Rooney, 31, had been drinking and published a photograph of him looking worse for wear.

A statement released on behalf of Rooney apologised to Southgate, the FA and England supporters.

Gareth Southgate File Photo England's interim manager Gareth Southgate. Source: Mike Egerton

“Naturally Wayne is sorry that pictures taken with fans have been published today,” it read.

“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 Dan Ashworth [FA Technical Director] to unreservedly apologise. He would like to further extend that apology to any young fans who have seen these pictures.”

Following the Spain match, interim England manager Gareth Southgate was adamant that Rooney had not been left out as any kind of disciplinary measure.

“Wayne picked up an injury in the game (against Scotland) on Friday,” said Southgate. “He couldn’t train on Sunday and that’s it.”

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