Wayne Rooney has gone teetotal and will have counselling to help him stay dry in a bid to save his marriage, it has been reported.
The former England star, who is coming back to England from the US to play for Derby County, is said to want a ‘fresh start’ to mend his relationship with his wife Coleen.
The 33-year-old has been involved in a string of controversies involving alcohol, including an arrest for public intoxication at an airport in Washington DC last year.
The former England star, who is coming back to England from the US to play for Derby County, is said to want a ‘fresh start’ to mend his relationship with his wife Coleen (who he’s seen with)
A source told The Sun: ‘Wayne was drinking a fair amount in the States and it was causing huge problems with Coleen.
‘It was like he was on self-destruct — he was boozing at home late into the night.
‘Now he’s moving back in October, he wants to sort it out for good. He wants a completely fresh start and knows losing his unhealthy relationship with the bottle would be the best thing for them all.’
Rooney signed for DC United last year, and has gone on to become the side’s top scorer.
However, his success on the pitch has often been shadowed by other controversies, including his arrest back in December.
It was the latest in a long list of drinking incidents for the former Manchester United and Everton striker.
Rooney has been involved in a string of controversies involving alcohol, including an arrest for public intoxication at a US airport last year. Pictured: His mug shot
These included a court appearance for drink driving in 2017, when he drove party girl Laura Simpson, 30, in her VW Beetle in Cheshire while three times over the limit.
He was handed a two-year driving ban and 100 hours of unpaid community work, apologising for an ‘unforgivable lack of judgement’.
Coleen, then pregnant, and their other three sons, Kai, Klay and Kit, were on holiday in Spain at the time.
In December he was taken into custody at Washington’s Dulles airport, saying he was left ‘disorientated’ by prescribed sleeping tablets he took on a flight while drinking.
He received a statutory automatic fine and was released shortly afterwards at the airport, a spokesman for Rooney said.
In 2016 he was at the centre of another drinking row at a wedding reception between England games, later apologising ‘unreservedly’ for his behaviour.
It was reported in April 2017 that he had been seen drinking at least five pints of Stella at a Cheshire pub on a night out.
Rooney was recently the subject of controversy for agreeing a shirt sponsorship deal with a gambling firm.
MailOnline has contacted Rooney’s agent for comment.
The former England star, who is coming back to England from the US to play for Derby County, is said to want a ‘fresh start’ to mend his relationship with his wife Coleen. He’s pictured at Pride Park on August 6
Sports Minister Nigel Adams urges Derby County bosses to ditch its ‘crafty’ £7.8 million sponsorship tie-up between Wayne Rooney and online casino 32Red
By Matt Lawton and Tom Witherow for the Daily Mail
Derby County was urged to consider abandoning its sponsorship tie-up between Wayne Rooney and the online casino 32Red by sports minister Nigel Adams earlier this week.
Mr Adams said putting the striker in the number 32 shirt in order to promote the Gibraltar-based betting company was a ‘very crafty move’.
Former England captain Rooney was accused of ‘selling his soul’ after agreeing an 18-month contract worth £7.8million to return from America to play in England with the Championship club.
Rooney’s image was used alongside ‘32’-branded posts on social media, and he will work with the casino on ‘community initiatives’ as part of the deal.
Rooney (right, at the announcement of his signing), 33, will wear the number 32 shirt after joining the Championship side, which signed a ‘record breaking’ sponsorship deal with 32Red on the back of his transfer. But Nigel Adams (left), 52, also the MP for Selby and Ainsty in North Yorkshire, said clubs ‘need to be very conscious of that link with gambling’
Derby County refused to backtrack last week after being criticised by the Church of England, MPs and one of the NHS’s top psychologists.
But the minister’s comments are the first sign that the club’s move could spark further regulation to protect vulnerable gamblers.
Mr Adams, speaking at a Commonwealth Games event yesterday at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham, said: ‘The 32 shirt is a very crafty move by Derby.
‘I would ask Derby County to look within themselves and think about the impact that problem gambling can have on some in society, particularly vulnerable people and youngsters.
‘They have got a social responsibility to be mature and grown up. So I understand the concern. Football needs to be mindful of the problem gambling has.
‘They have their guidelines, so I would urge the clubs to abide by not just the rules but the spirit of what the Gambling Commission and the FA have laid down.
‘If clubs break the rules then they shouldn’t be surprised if there ends up being further action. Clubs need to be very conscious of that link with gambling. It did raise an eyebrow when I saw the 32 number on Wayne Rooney’s shirt.’
He added: ‘Hopefully, Derby County will be mindful and will be talking to the FA because we have to make sure we look after those who are vulnerable.’
Rooney’s image was used alongside ‘32’-branded posts on social media, and he will work with the casino on ‘community initiatives’ as part of the deal (pictured, Rooney with his new number 32 shirts)
The Daily Mail is demanding greater protection for punters with its Stop The Gambling Predators campaign.
This season, half the 20 Premier League teams and 16 of the 24 Championship sides are sponsored by gambling firms. A whistle-to-whistle ban on advertising during live sport came into force this month with the backing of ministers. Some bookies are trying to rein in some of the industry’s behaviour.
Ladbrokes Coral, owned by GVC, has called for an industry-imposed ban on television advertising, shirt sponsorship and branding on pitch-side hoardings, and William Hill said last week that betting firms should avoid ‘cheap publicity hits at a time when gambling operators are under scrutiny’.
Dr Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans, said Rooney should make decisions in the interests of young fans, and ‘not his bank balance’.
His comments followed criticism from Matt Gaskell, clinical lead for the Northern Gambling Service, who said it was ‘harmful’ for the star to wear the number 32.
Peter Keogh, whose son Lewis, a gambling addict, killed himself at 34, said he was ‘amazed an ex-captain of England could stoop that low’.
The transfer also caused astonishment given Rooney’s own issues with gambling in the past.
The striker has told of his wife Coleen’s anger when he lost £50,000 through betting.
In 2006 the Football Association investigated claims that he had racked up debts of £700,000 in an England team dressing-room gambling ring.
There are thought to be 340,000 adults with a betting addiction in the UK, with another 500,000 at risk of developing one.