LONDON — Jose Mourinho is furious with the Football Association after learning England backroom staff were present when Wayne Rooney socialised into the early hours at the weekend.
In a report by The Sun newspaper on Monday, Rooney was pictured up late into Sunday morning with hotel guests who had attended a wedding.
The report quoted a source as saying “Wayne was in the bar with members of the FA, drinking beer and red wine”, although a spokesman for Rooney has since defended the England skipper’s actions.
Sky Sports reported sources as saying backroom staff members who were with Rooney included a coach and members of medical and support staff, as well as teammate Phil Jagielka.
The presence of FA employees is said to have incensed Mourinho.
Sky Sports sources have been told, while the Manchester United manager has no issue with Rooney relaxing on a night off, he is unhappy the England captain was allowed to behave in this manner.
The FA said they will review what players are allowed to do in their free time, with a spokesman saying: “All England personnel have a responsibility to behave appropriately at all times.
“We will review our policy around free time while on international duty.”
After beating Scotland in the World Cup qualifiers at Wembley last Friday, the England squad were given Saturday night off and granted permission to leave the team hotel if they wished.
Rooney, however, opted to stay at Grove Hotel with Jagielka.
Rooney attempted to train on Sunday but reported the effects of a minor knee problem and subsequently underwent a scan at Aspire medical facility in Watford, which confirmed the injury.
England manager Gareth Southgate then took the decision to release Rooney back to United on Tuesday as he did not intend to play him against Spain.
Rooney was assessed by United’s medical staff on the same day, and it is understood they expect him fit enough to be considered for selection against Arsenal in the Premier League home clash tomorrow.
However, Marcus Rashford is said to be Mourinho’s preferred option up front despite the absence of suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Which leaves Rooney facing the prospect of another game on the bench.
Meanwhile, Rooney “unreservedly” apologised to Southgate about the incident. — Agencies