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Wayne Rooney controversy: Unnamed football agent claims Irish background to blame for behaviour

By Harry Clarke

Published 18/11/2016

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Wayne Rooney has "unreservedly" apologised to England interim boss Gareth Southgate

A football agent quoted by The Sun newspaper says that Wayne Rooney's Irish roots played a part in his recent drinking controversy.

The England captain issued an apology after a late night celebration at the team hotel last weekend spilled over into a wedding reception on the premises, with his Man United manager Jose Mourihno reportedly furious over the incident.

The FA have since launched an investigation into what took place last Saturday after England's win over Scotland, with Rooney's role as captain allegedly in jeopardy.

One unnamed football agent, speaking in The Sun, seems to blame the striker's 'Irish origin' for his fondness for an occasional drink.

"Wayne’s always liked a drink," he said.

"That’s the culture and type of Irish-origin family he comes from.

“The worry is because of how big a part football is in his life when it goes there’s a big hole there and he replaces it with drink."

Rooney's paternal grandparents are Irish and the Manchester United star was eligible to line out for the Boys in Green as a result, although in 2015 he admitted that he never considered switching from the country of his birth.

Irish Independent

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