Exclusive: Carragher finishes off his Rooney rant on Independent.ie
Jamie Carragher has been given a chance by Independent.ie to finish his rant focusing on Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, after he was cut off mid-flow by Sky Sports anchor David Jones on Monday Night Football a couple of weeks ago.
Carragher had a jovial pop at Jones on Twitter after the broadcast, as he saw his overview of the media storm that engulfed Rooney after he was photographed drinking beer at the England team hotel cut short as Wales boss Chris Coleman was offered a chance to give his take on the story:
Now Carragher has finished what he wanted to say live on air, in an exclusive interview with Independent.ie.
“I was mid-flow talking about this Rooney issue and I was cut off mid-flow,” he told us with a smile. “We should have filmed ourselves talking about it after the show, but I suppose I can finish what I was going to say now.
“My point was that people were going on about drinking and how terrible Wayne was, but if the whole squad are doing it, why were we only looking at Wayne Rooney?
“I am not advocating drinking until 5am in the morning, but Wayne was not the only one out that night and to be honest, we should be looking at the other players more.
“Wayne Rooney’s career, while it is not finished, he has everything in the bank. If he never scores another goal, he has had an unbelievable career. These young players are still trying to build that career.
“The criticism that he was drinking, he wasn’t looking after himself. He can’t carry on like this….it has nothing to do with his drinking.
“Wayne Rooney is struggling now because he has played 700 games as a centre-forward. No one in world football has played at the top level longer than him. So it hasn’t affected him that bad if he likes a pint. Have a look at the other ones who were at a nightclub. That is what I was going to say.”
Liverpool stars Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana were in a strip club while Rooney was enjoying his hotel drink, yet the criticism of their behaviour was not close to the abuse that flowed in Rooney direction.
Meanwhile, reports that Rooney would lose the England captaincy over the incident were dismissed by newly installed manager Gareth Southgate on Thursday.
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