Wayne Rooney spokesman defends striker's celebrations following Scotland win
By SSN HQ
Last Updated: 16/11/16 5:51pm
A spokesman for Wayne Rooney has defended the England striker's post-match celebrations following the 3-0 win over Scotland.
The Sun newspaper alleged the England captain appeared to have been drinking heavily on Saturday night, printing a photo that appeared to show the Manchester United forward looking the worse for wear after dropping in on a wedding party.
Having started the World Cup Qualifier on Friday evening, Rooney missed the 2-2 friendly draw with Spain on Tuesday with a minor knee injury, with manager Gareth Southgate forced to reiterate the point in his post-match press conference.
And a spokesman for the 31-year-old said Rooney's good nature on the night had been exploited.
"Wayne, along with the rest of the England squad, was on a night off duty," the spokesman told Sky Sports News HQ.
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"Rather than going out, he chose to stay at the team hotel to relax and celebrate a fine England victory against Scotland. During the course of the evening he was approached by numerous fellow guests for autographs and pictures.
"As he has always been, Wayne was happy to sign, 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."
But the story has provoked a response from the Football Association, who will review the way England players use their free time while on international duty.
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."