Wayne Rooney says he would drink 'almost until he passed out' in his early 20s

Wayne Rooney says he would drink 'almost until he passed out' in his early 20s


Wayne Rooney has revealed he would drink alcohol until he passed out to cope with the pressures of professional football in his early 20s.

In a new podcast hosted by former rugby league star Rob Burrow, 38-year-old Rooney said his "release was alcohol" when he faced challenges both on and off the pitch.

"When I was in my early 20s, I'd spend a couple of days at home and wouldn't move out of the house and drink almost until I passed out," the former England striker said.

"I didn't want to be around people because sometimes you feel embarrassed and sometimes you feel like you've let people down.

"Ultimately I didn't know how else to deal with it, so I chose alcohol to try and help me get through that," Rooney added.

"There were people there for me to speak to but I chose not to do that and tried to deal with it myself.

"When you do that and don't take the help and guidance of others, you can really be in a low place and I was for a few years with that.

"Thankfully now I am not afraid to go and speak to people over some issues which I may have."

The now-Birmingham City manager made his Premier League debut for Everton in 2002 aged 16. He joined Manchester United two years later in a then-record £27m move.

Rooney scored 53 goals for England and is Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorer.

He spent 13 years at Old Trafford before playing for Everton, DC United and Derby.