London - England
football captain Wayne Rooney has apologised after "inappropriate"
photos of him the worse for wear at the team hotel were published.
Interim manager Gareth Southgate said meanwhile that a review would
be carried out of how players spend their free time while on
Rooney was thrown into the spotlight after The Sun tabloid alleged
the Manchester United forward drunkenly gatecrashed a wedding at
England's hotel in Watford, north of London, on Saturday.
Rooney started England's 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Scotland
on Friday, but suffered a knee injury that ruled him out of Tuesday's
2-2 friendly draw at home to Spain.
A statement issued on Rooney's behalf, said: "Naturally Wayne is sorry that pictures taken with fans have been published today.
"Although it was a day off for the whole squad and staff, he fully
recognises that the images are inappropriate for someone in his
The statement said Rooney had spoken to 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."
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."
Southgate was adamant that Rooney had not been left out of the Spain game as a 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."
Southgate, who is still waiting to hear whether he will get the England job full time, said he would review players' free time.
"Over the last few years, the players have been allowed to go home
during a period of time," Southgate told reporters after England's 2-2
friendly draw with Spain at Wembley.
"They trained Saturday morning and they trained again on Sunday
afternoon, and I gave the players a period of time off (in between). I'm
not aware of anything else.
"There were lots of changes we made to routines. Some things we
thought we should keep the same and I'll have to review (it) - or maybe
I won't have to review! Someone will have to review it."
Rooney's representatives have indicated that he believes he has been
an unfair victim of the incessant media glare around top footballers.
A Rooney spokesman said: "As he has always been, Wayne was happy to sign (autographs), pose for photos and chat with guests.
"It is sad that one or two of them have now sought to turn Wayne's friendly good nature to their advantage."
Rooney was recalled by Southgate for the win over Scotland, having
been dropped for England's goalless draw in Slovenia, after winning back
his place in the United first team.
His status with both club and country appears uncertain as concerns grow over the 31-year-old's waning powers.