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Derby County manager and former Manchester United footballing legend Wayne Rooney has opened up on his alcohol battle – revealing he used to “drink constantly for two days in a row”.

In a wide-ranging interview, the record goal scorer for Manchester United and England opened up to ITV’s Ben Shepherd on his alcohol struggles, his love of wife Coleen, snubbing Everton to stay managing at Derby County despite the club’s off-field struggles and how he wasn’t ready for the fame of being a young footballer in the spotlight.

Rooney explained how on his days off playing football he would spend two days constantly drinking on his own and then would mask it with eyedrops and mouthwash before going into training after the binge drinking session.

Speaking during the interview on Good Morning Britain, Rooney said: “When I was younger there were moments when you were drinking constantly. You’ve got two days off from the club, I’d go home and I’d drink for two days straight – on my own.

“That might be on the Sunday and Monday, then on Tuesday I’d wake up rough and you’d put eyedrops in, chewing gum, mouthwash, go into training and try to dust yourself down to get ready to train and go and play.

“That happened for long periods of time.”

The Derby County manager has won the hearts of fans at the club through his handling of the club’s administration and how well things are going for the team on the pitch with the club hoping to beat relegation despite a 21-point deduction earlier in the season.

Rooney’s interview comes off the back of a new documentary with Amazon which examines various aspects of his life and career, called ‘Rooney’.

The footballer has had previous run-ins with both alcohol and other women.

In 2018 he was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid community work after admitting being nearly three times the legal drink drive limit while at the wheel of another woman’s car following a night out.

Following the incident the 36 year-old vowed to make their marriage work.

Speaking about the decision in the new Amazon documentary, his wife Coleen said: “When you’re making those decisions you’ve got to focus on what you want and not what else.

“Obviously, I listen to the people who matter to me – my mum and dad and they’ve always given me a positive outlook on things and there’s nothing that we can’t deal with.

“Hopefully he’s learnt and he doesn’t get himself into any of them horrible situations again.

“But it’s happened and I’ve got to live with it and if I couldn’t cope with living with it I would have ended the relationship.”

Rooney launches on Friday, February 11 on Prime Video.

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