When Wayne Rooney’s drinking issues were at their worst, he says he thought he would have died or killed someone.
Before the publication of a new documentary about his life, the Derby County manager and Manchester United and England record striker spoke to BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent.
When asked what his greatest fear was in those moments, he said, “Probably death.”
“That could have been girlfriends, it could have been drink-driving, which I’ve done, it could have been killing someone,” the 36-year-old added when asked about his “mistakes.”
“I knew I needed aid, not only to rescue myself but also to save my family,” says the narrator.
Rooney also admitted that as a player, he felt compelled to keep many of his troubles hidden.
“I couldn’t go into a dressing room ten, fifteen years ago and say, ‘I’m battling with alcohol, I’m fighting with mental health.’ That’s something I couldn’t do.”
‘Rooney,’ a film about Wayne Rooney’s life from boyhood to the start of his managerial career at Derby County, will be released on Amazon Prime Video on Friday.
Bazzup Sport has compiled a list of seven additional major talking points from the documentary.
Fighting and drinking may have jeopardized a teen’s career.
In one episode, Rooney reveals that as a teenager, he “wasn’t the nicest kid.” He is outspoken about his desire to get involved in politics.
He claims, “We used to go up to Southport and fight a lot,” adding, “I’ve come back with my eye all stitched up.” “I was maybe 12 years old.”
Rooney also recalls attending to concerts as a young adolescent and getting into trouble as a result. “In Manchester, I recall getting my jaw shattered. “I was maybe 13 years old.”
Rooney recounts an uncomfortable occurrence while in Everton’s youth in one episode.
“I was crossing the road with a bottle of cider one day.” Colin Harvey, my coach, came to a halt to allow me to pass. “Listen, you’ve got the biggest skill I’ve ever seen for somebody your age – don’t waste it,” he told me in training the next day.”
Rooney was adamant about becoming the Premier League’s youngest goalscorer.
Rooney was a tremendous talent with the body of a man at the age of 16. Even back then, he knew he was the finest player in training, as he says in the movie.
He announced himself to the rest of the world on October 19, 2002.
Everton was facing Arsenal, who were on a 30-game undefeated streak at the time, five days before Rooney’s 17th birthday. Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, David Seaman, and Sol Campbell were among the players on their team.
Rooney recalls being struck by how enormous they all were. Despite this, the adolescent desired to leave his stamp on the game.
“As a 16-year-old, that was my final game.” “I was berating myself, telling myself, ‘I want to score as a 16-year-old,'” Rooney admits.
He said he only had one idea after getting off the bench: “If I get a chance, I’m shooting from anyplace.”
When Campbell began to back off in the final minute, Rooney saw an opportunity open up in front of him. He let go with a scream that turned Goodison Park into a frenzy.
Arsenal’s unbeaten run came to an end, as commentator Clive Tyldesley urged us all to “remember the name” of Wayne Rooney.
At the age of 18, he knew he was the best in the world.
At the 2004 European Championship in Portugal, Rooney was England’s golden boy until a broken foot ended his – and possibly England’s – tournament in the quarter-finals against the hosts.
At just 18 years old, he terrorized a France team that included Henry, Zinedine Zidane, and Lilian Thuram in the first game.
“Their center backs were afraid to come close me,” he continues, “because they could see I could handle myself physically against them.”
Thuram, one of the best defenders in the world at the time, was knocked out by a challenge that may have resulted in a red card.
“I just slammed into his jaw and looked back at him as if to say, ‘now you know who I am,'” she said.
The match ended in a 2-1 victory for France, but Henry concedes that England “battered” his team and should have won. “You looked at him and you knew he wanted to achieve,” he recalls of Rooney.
“I remember thinking to myself, ‘I’m the best player in the world,'” Rooney recalls, adding, “I believe I was at the time.”
Colleen claims that as a family, they have dealt through infidelity.
Rooney and his wife Colleen are both frank about his well-documented affairs.
“I put myself in a horrible situation,” Rooney admits, “and when there’s alcohol involved, you’re going to make bad judgments and have to pay the price.” It doesn’t change my feelings for Colleen.”
Colleen acknowledges that alcohol has had a bad impact on her life at times. She mentions that Wayne should not be left “unsupervised” at one time.
She does, however, describe how she and Wayne have sat down and worked through all of their problems together.
“I’m aware that some people wonder if they’re merely staying together to keep the family unit together.’ That was a factor, but we still care about each other. Hopefully, he’s learnt his lesson and won’t put himself in such a bad predicament again.”
In 2006, he went out of his way to injure a Chelsea player.
Chelsea, led by Jose Mourinho, began to challenge Manchester United’s dominance in England in 2006.
Chelsea faced Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on April 29 of that year, needing only a point to seal a second consecutive Premier League title. They were victorious 3-0.
Rooney did not handle the situation well.
“I wanted to hurt someone, so I put on new boots with longer studs,” he says. “The studs were legal, but they were a little bigger than I usually wear.”
After a fight with John Terry, the latter was left with a hole in the top of his boot and was forced to use crutches.
In the end, whether you believe in karma or not, Rooney’s decision to alter his studs backfired spectacularly soon after. He had shattered three metatarsal bones in his foot and had to leave the game on a stretcher. Rooney holds himself and the studs responsible.
“If you look at it from the back, my front studs are stuck in the ground, and my foot is bent forward,” he explains.
He was almost ruled out of contention for the 2006 World Cup due to the injury. Rooney did everything he could to get healthy in time for the match and was able to make the squad.
In the film, he also admits that after recovering from his foot injury, he had a groin rupture in England training, which he chose not to notify to physios. Rooney believes that playing through the pain hampered his competition performance.
“Physically, I was never ready for that tournament.” I couldn’t stop taking painkillers.”
He was unconcerned with Ronaldo’s behavior during the 2006 World Cup.
England fans will remember the 2006 World Cup mostly for another quarter-final loss to Portugal, in which Wayne Rooney was sent out for a stamp on Ricardo Carvalho.
Cristiano Ronaldo, a Manchester United teammate, appeared to lobby the referee to dismiss him after the incident.
Cameras saw Ronaldo grinning at his Portugal teammates after Rooney was removed.
“When I went in, I banged a couple things up in the dressing room,” Rooney recalls.
“It was the most desolate area I’d ever been.” ‘If we make it through, I’ll miss the semi-final and possibly the final,’ I recall thinking. It’s my fault if we go out.’
Rooney claims that following the incident, he informed Ronaldo that he had “no issue” with the way he had acted and that they should focus on winning the Premier League, which they did.
He believes he made the right decision in challenging Sir Alex Ferguson.
Rooney stunned the football world by requesting a transfer to Manchester United in October 2010.
He also dared to challenge manager Sir Alex Ferguson, which was inconceivable at the time.
“We sold [Carlos] Tevez first, then Ronaldo.” Rooney says, “I was the last player left with a great profile.”
“I went into Alex Ferguson’s office and asked, ‘What are your plans here?'” “Get out of my office,” he responded.
Former United defenders Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand discuss their dissatisfaction with their teammate’s handling of the situation in the documentary.
Rooney, on the other hand, believes he was correct in questioning Ferguson’s transfer approach.
“Alex Ferguson saw where the club was heading five years after that meeting, he walked out as quickly as he could, and they’re still picking up the pieces now.”