Wayne Rooney will provide insight into his thinking during some of the greatest moments of his career and also open up about his battle with his sanity in a new documentary.
England’s all-time top scorer stars in ‘Rooney’, which premieres on Amazon Prime in early 2022, where viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at his family life.
Rooney tackles some difficult topics in the single film, conjuring up moments that led to stories on both the front and back pages.
The 35-year-old said he feels he and his wife Coleen, who also talks about some of her husband’s crimes, are being unfairly judged and eager to change the perception.
“I wanted to be honest and talk about everything that’s happened in my life, which is important,” Rooney said at the show’s London launch.
“If I do and I’m not being honest or talking about things it wouldn’t be real so it was about me going out and seeing people me and my family for who we are and not for what is described, us as a family.
“I want people to really have a better understanding of me as a person. Throughout the life of a young athlete he goes through difficult times and I talk a lot about times when I was really depressed, I didn’t want to be around anyone.
“People talk about mental health, when I saw someone sometimes it was about realizing what was on your mind and trying to cope with the pressure of playing for Manchester United and “try to be successful, play for your country and then become captain of your country and also be under a lot of that pressure. They will get a real glimpse of what was going on in my head.
“There have been a lot of things over the past 20 years that have been well publicized and I thought it was important for people to see me behind the scenes as a family man and what it was like. to grow up in a very difficult part of Liverpool. This movie gives everyone a taste of it.
Rooney, who burst onto the scene at the age of 16 for Everton, added: “Growing up in a municipal estate in Liverpool was not easy, I enjoyed that, I wouldn’t change it but this was not easy To say the least.
“I think the film captures a lot of that. Being put in the spotlight at the age of 16 and having to deal with all that comes from playing for your country at 17 was all new to me. I was learning on my feet, I had to learn fast, of course there were also mistakes along the way. It’s exciting for me to do it and it will be interesting for people to see it.
One of the lowest moments for Rooney came in 2006 when he received a red card for England in the World Cup quarter-final against Portugal, then Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, kicking him out with a wink.
Rooney said of this moment: “I’ve been pretty open about this over the years. What’s interesting to know is what was going on in my head after the red card.
“I was sitting alone in the locker room knowing that you are potentially missing from the World Cup, but also on the other hand knowing that if you do qualify you will be excluded from the semi-final and possibly from the final if you pass.
“It’s that thinking process of what goes through your mind at such a young age, knowing that you let your country down anyway, you let yourself down. It will be interesting to see.”