Fri 11 February 2022 | 21:22

Rooney comments on his recent problems

Rooney says that his comments were interpreted wrongly.

Wayne Rooney

says that his comments on what happened in

Manchester United’s

match against


in 2006 were misinterpreted after FA asked him about the matter.

But the former Red Devils star admits that his mental health had affected his judgment when he chose to use longer studs.

"I think, as I said, I've been very open about my state of mind. And as I've said, a couple of nights ago, that was a feeling,"

he told a news conference ahead of


Championship clash with



"I didn't go onto the pitch and say, 'right, I'm going to hurt and injure someone'. That was a feeling I had.

"And obviously, I had a tackle with John Terry, which was a good, honest, 50-50 tackle between two players, no issues, and obviously the FA have asked for my response to that. And I've given them my response. So, there's not really much to say on that.

"I gave them my response yesterday, so they haven't responded.

"It's obviously private what I've said to the FA, but I'm sure if you look at how I've said things on that, I'm sure you'll have an idea of what I've said.

"There's not really much more to say. I've given my response to the FA, as asked, and I'll wait for what comes back from them.

"I spoke to people to try and help me get through that [period], which was the toughest part really at the start.

"In doing this documentary ['Rooney' – the Amazon Prime Video film], I had to be open and honest and some very hard subjects personally for me to talk about.

"I've been getting media exposure since I was 16 and I've been judged on many things.

"Sometimes it was my own fault, but I wanted to give my point of view of feelings I had, when you're down and you're struggling inside. Your judgement is affected.

"Seeing some of the young players' decisions they're making over the last couple of years, and seeing them get judged and not knowing what the causes of that is, whether they're struggling as well."

source: SportMob

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