Rooney in the clear with Southgate and FA

Date published: Saturday 26th November 2016 2:37

Wayne Rooney: No action

Wayne Rooney is not expected to face any disciplinary action from the Football Association over his late night during last international break.

Rooney was pictured at The Grove, where the team were based between games against Scotland and Spain, mingling with fellow guests in the early hours following a day off.

Newspaper reports suggest the England captain was drunk and made an unscheduled appearance at a wedding reception, with chief executive Martin Glenn promising an investigation into the conduct of all players and staff during their free time.

Press Association Sport understands that the player’s representatives have been in contact with the FA and are assured no disciplinary action will be taken against him.

It is further understood that any suggestions of Gareth Southgate, then interim manager and soon-to-be permanent boss, asking the player to go to bed and being ignored are inaccurate.

Rooney denies entering the wedding reception but was happy to pose for pictures with guests in communal areas of the hotel. While new guidelines around down time are sure to follow when England next link-up in March, FA management are not actively reviewing the behaviour of any players at present.

Earlier this week Rooney hit back at the media over the affair.

“All that’s created by people like yourself [journalists] asking questions, making a big deal out of nothing,” he said.

“I didn’t set foot in the wedding and it’s a shame to have to speak about it on nights like this.”

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