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Furious Wayne Rooney launches scathing attack on critics

SportBy Kevin Palmer
Wayne Rooney says he has been treated disgracefully
Wayne Rooney says he has been treated disgracefully

Wayne Rooney has strongly hit back at the treatment he has received since he was pictured looked the worse for wear at a wedding last weekend.

Rooney issued a public apology this week after being rebuked by the FA for apparently getting drunk in the team hotel 24 hours after England's 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Scotland eight days ago.

Gareth Southgate had seen Rooney and members of England's staff drinking at The Grove hotel in Hertfordshire but the caretaker manager - who will be formally interviewed for the job by the FA on Monday - did not intervene because he was under the impression they were heading to bed.

Southgate is understood to be extremely disappointed - and feels let down - that Rooney stayed up but it is yet to be determined whether the incident will affect his role as captain or his involvement in future squads.

Following Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Arsenal today - when Rooney was brought on as a sub - the United man blasted his critics.

"What's been going on is disgraceful. I'm proud to play for my country and I'm proud of my achievements. It's not finished yet," said Rooney.

"I think what's been going on is disgraceful. It shows a lack of respect and I think enough to enough.

"That's all I want to say."