Wayne Rooney apologises 'unreservedly' to Gareth Southgate and England after 'drunk' wedding party pictures

Rooney was celebrating with a wedding party in the early hours of Sunday morning

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England captain Wayne Rooney has "unreservedly" apologised to interim manager Gareth Southgate and Football Association technical director Dan Ashworth, admitting images taken of him over the weekend were "inappropriate for someone in his position".

The 31-year-old started the Three Lions' World Cup qualifying win against Scotland on Friday, but a minor knee injury saw him withdraw from the squad to face Spain.

Interim England boss Southgate was forced to deny after Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Spain that Rooney's absence was anything to do with images that emerged from The Grove hotel on Saturday night.

The Sun alleged that Rooney dropped in on a wedding party, with the paper printing a photo appearing to show the Manchester United forward, sporting an England training top, looking the worse for wear.

In a statement issued on Rooney's behalf to on Wednesday evening, the player's spokesperson said: "Naturally Wayne is sorry that pictures taken with fans have been published today.

"Although it was a day off for the whole squad and staff, he fully recognises that the images are inappropriate for someone in his position.

"Earlier today Wayne spoke privately to both Gareth Southgate and Dan Ashworth to unreservedly apologise.

"He would like to further extend that apology to any young fans who have seen these pictures."

Figures within the FA are reported to be disappointed by what has emerged and overnight free time - in place for a number of years - will now be reviewed.

An FA spokesperson said: "All England personnel have a responsibility to behave appropriately at all times. We will be reviewing our policy around free time whilst on international duty."

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Wayne Rooney was pictured at a wedding party at The Grove Hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning (Getty)

Rooney has been spoken to about the incident and it is understood everyone else involved has or will be.

Matters will be dealt with internally in terms of repercussions, with the players' code of conduct introduced in 2012 still in place.

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