Images surfaced on social media on Sunday of England’s record goal-scorer, appearing to show the former Manchester United player asleep in a hotel room surrounded by a group of young women
Wayne Rooney has apologised to his family and Derby County over images that surfaced online of him at a private party
Cheshire Police confirmed on Tuesday they would not be taking action against a complaint of blackmail made regarding the images, after Rooney’s representatives believed there had been an illicit attempt to entrap him.
“I made a mistake,” Rooney told Sky Sports News after his side’s friendly victory against Real Betis on Wednesday evening.
“I went to a private party with two of my friends and from me, I’d like to apologise to my family and the club for the images which were going round and I want to move forward on this.
“I’m grateful to Derby County for giving me this opportunity to get this club back to where it belongs, and I’ll do everything in my power to make sure I do that.
“It’s dealt with. I’m looking forward to moving forward and preparing for another game on Sunday.”
‘Training injuries happen due to intensity I demand’
It was the first time Rooney had addressed the media since his tackle in training ruled Derby midfielder Jason Knight out for up to three months.
Derby have only nine senior players registered with the club – two of those goalkeepers – less than two weeks before the start of the new Sky Bet Championship season, and so Rooney has been joining in with training to make up the numbers.
But the manager went in for a 50-50 challenge with Knight while the team were training at Pennyhill Park in Surrey last week, injuring the Republic of Ireland international’s ankle.
Knight is a key absentee for Derby having played in all but three Championship games last season.
“With Jason, it was a training ground incident, which happens,” Rooney said. “I demand that the players train with a lot of intensity.
“Players get injured on the training pitch, unfortunately Jason did and I’m looking forward to having him back fit and ready for selection.
“That’s football. I demand that we train like we play, and if I put those demands on players, players will get injured.”