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Rooney apologises to England chiefs over 'inappropriate' images

Rooney apologises to England chiefs over 'inappropriate' images

A statement issued on Rooney's behalf said the Manchester United forward was "sorry" the pictures had been published and recognised they were "inappropriate for someone in his position". The FA will also review the rules around player behaviour at a debrief next week involving Gareth Southgate, who chief executive Martin Glenn confirmed has said he wants the England manager's job full-time, and technical director Dan Ashworth.

The statement of contrition to the England management and fans came after Rooney dropped into a wedding taking place at the England team hotel on Saturday night.

Rooney, who missed Tuesday's friendly with Spain due to injury, was quick to apologize in public and privately to England interim manager Gareth Southgate after the images were published.

An English FA spokesperson said: "All England personnel have a responsibility to behave appropriately at all times".

World governing body Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Associations of England and Scotland after the national teams of both countries wore poppies during their World Cup qualifier earlier this month.

"I feel for the players, we earn a lot of money and all that stuff, but they are human beings".

"All the legends you still love and all the guys you still admire, they drunk like devils and they smoked like insane and they were still good players - but nobody does it anymore". I've no idea where Wayne was but I'm pretty sure it was not that serious'. "I really feel for the players", he told reporters on Thursday.

"This generation is the most professional generation of footballers we have ever had".

A thorough review of what's known as "overnight free time" now seems inevitable. I'm not aware of anything else. Some things we thought we should keep the same and I'll have to review (it).

He said at a press conference: "We have all been young, we have not all been angels at 20, 21, but overall I believe it is part of youth to make mistakes".

It remains to be seen if Rooney will be passed fit to be considered for selection when Arsenal visit Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.

The remarks Manchester United boss Mourinho made about Taylor last month led to him being fined £50,000 and warned as to his future conduct.