Has Wayne Rooney really been mistreated by the British press?
England’s recent 3-0 victory over the Scots has come to represent something of a troubling fixture for a whole manner of different reasons. The collective performance of the Three Lions was still largely criticised despite the unmistakably positive score-line, Gareth Southgate’s squad selection has also come under fire retrospectively of late – whilst the judiciary-bods behind the scenes at FIFA are supposedly looking into each nation’s use of the memorial poppy in more than questionable circumstances.
Yet perhaps the most confusing point of contention to rise within the whole affair, would seemingly be Wayne Rooney’s so-called ‘bad behaviour’ in the wake of his side’s victory over Gordon Strachan’s boys – and the subsequent backlash received by the current Manchester United play-maker across many avenues of the glaring British media.
So then, has Rooney simply put his nation to shame once again as a result of these latest scandalous claims, or have the press in this country ultimately over-stepped the mark in their treatment of the long-term Three Lions representative?
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The British press after Wayne Rooney has a drink on his day off… pic.twitter.com/B9CsoH3TmV
— BigSport (@BigSportGB) 16 November 2016
Wayne Rooney was pictured having a good time at what seems to be an event resembling a wedding party, after triumphantly witnessing England see off Scotland in mostly convincing style. Although most of us can’t claim to have been anywhere near the celebratory function at the time, subsequent pictures seemingly shine the current Three Lions captain in a particularly intoxicated light – which given the circumstances of England’s recent fate upon the international scene – doesn’t look too good with all things considered.
But then again, has Rooney really done anything wrong in this particular instance alone? The most likely answer is, no. The press in this country are often keen to align themselves with England’s sporting stars of yesteryear on a rather regular basis – players who often loved to have a good drink or two themselves back in the day, regardless of whether or not they were given the adequate blessing to do so. The following reaction from the British press therefore seems somewhat unfounded to really be taken seriously.
All players are allowed to go out and have a drink when given time off of course, especially after a 3-0 victory! Had England lost to Scotland in highly embarrassing fashion and still gone on to celebrate with a couple of stiff drinks as a result, then perhaps things would have been different. As it turned out however, Rooney was arguably well within his rights to act as he did – which we, the good people of this so-called great country – should theoretically be able to shake off without feeling offended or insulted.
Yes, Rooney’s overall lack of common sense seems to have come to the forefront once more here – especially as the England captain was reportedly wearing his Three Lions training gear before, during and after the drunken celebrations – but even so, such an outcome should really come as little more than loose gossip at best when all is said and done. This is England’s all-time top-goal-scorer we are talking about here after all, regardless of what you think about him.
We all know that certain aspects of the headline-making press in this country are not to be trusted – just ask many Liverpool fans what they have to say on the subject in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster and how it was eventually handled. Wayne Rooney should therefore dust himself down and move on with this latest show of petulance from the British media, as should the rest of the English footballing community in general.
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