England captain issues apology for pictures as it emerges that ten other players are also in hot water with the FA
According to The Sun ten England players are being investigated by the Football Association for what the paper describes as a "massive booze-up" at the squad's Hertfordshire hotel.
The disclosure comes after Rooney issued an unreserved apology for the photographs of him that were published in the Sun earlier in the week.
In tabloid parlance, Rooney appeared tired and emotional in the pictures, and a statement was issued on his behalf on Wednesday evening, saying he appreciated "that the images are inappropriate for someone in his position". Explaining that he had apologised to interim England manager Gareth Southgate and FA technical director Dan Ashworth, the statement concluded: "He would like to further extend that apology to any young fans who have seen these pictures."
Rooney sat out Tuesday's friendly against Spain with a minor knee injury but the Sun says some of the Three Lions who fought out a 2-2 draw with the visitors had also let their hair down in spectacular style in the aftermath of Friday's 3-0 thrashing of Scotland.
It's alleged that ten of the squad "went partying at a nightclub until 4.30am" on Sunday morning having been given Saturday off. Instead of having a quiet night in at the team hotel preparing for Tuesday's match against Spain, they visited a local night spot on what the Sun describes as "a bender".
Informed of the incident, an FA spokesman 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."
In the short-term, however, the players involved will have to face the fury of their club managers, most of whom are foreign and don't share the English belief that heavy drinking is just a bit of harmless fun.
The Sun quotes a source saying: "Some of the Premier League managers are very unhappy. The FA blazers are in a panic — their statement is a touch economical with the truth. As an organisation, they don’t seem like they have taken proper care."
According to Sky Sports Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is "incensed" with the FA after learning that England backroom staff were drinking with Rooney during his weekend binge.
The broadcaster alleges that coaching personnel, including members of the medical team, were in the bar as Rooney knocked back pints of beer and glasses of red wine. Sky Sports adds that Mourinho is furious that his player "was allowed to behave in this manner while under the responsibility of the Football Association".
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