Jose Mourinho admits last weekend “didn’t go well” for England captain Wayne Rooney, but the Manchester United manager says that chapter is closed for the fit-again forward.
The 31-year-old’s difficult start to the season continued on England duty, with his starting role in last Friday’s World Cup qualifying win against Scotland followed by injury and controversy.
Rooney missed the 2-2 draw with Spain due to a minor knee complaint but has dominated the headlines since then, with the Sun newspaper printing images showing the Three Lions skipper, wearing a training top, looking the worse for wear.
The forward is alleged to have dropped in on a wedding party at The Grove hotel until the early hours of Sunday, leading him to “unreservedly” apologise to interim manager Gareth Southgate, the Football Association and young fans.
“Over the last two or three days, nothing happened,” Rooney’s club manager Mourinho said on the eve of his side’s game against Arsenal. “He trained like everybody else, he wants to play like everybody else. He is ready.
“What happened in the national team, happened in the national team. I don’t comment.
“My players when they go to the national team, they belong to the national team. What happens there for good, for bad. I don’t interfere and I don’t like to comment.
“Sometimes they come back stronger than when they left us, because something good happened there, something positive for them, good performances, good results.
“Other times injuries, sometimes big injures, other times frustrations because they didn’t play, because the result was bad.
“In this case, we know what didn’t go well. But national team is a different chapter and a chapter that is closed now until I think March or the end of February.”