Insight into what was going on in my head: Wayne Rooney to open up on mental health issues in new documentary

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Oct 13, 2021, 07:52 PM(IST)

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Wayne Rooney, now manager of Championship side Derby, talking about moments that led to media stories on and off the field

Former England captain Wayne Rooney will open up on his mental health battles in a new documentary named "Rooney", that is scheduled to be screened on Amazon Prime in early 2022. 

The trailer of the documentary has been released, that shows glimpses of Rooney's career and moments of his personal life. The trailer also has interviews with famous popular from the world of football including Gary Neville and Thierry Henry. 

At the show's launch, the England's record goalscorer said, "I want people to have a better understanding of me as a person really. Throughout a young sportsperson's life they go through difficult periods and there is a lot of me talking about moments where I was really down, I didn't want to be around anyone." 

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"People talk about mental health, at the time I did see someone at times. It is about realising what was going through your head and trying to cope with the pressure of playing for Manchester United and trying to be successful, playing for your country, then captaining your country and taking a lot of that pressure on as well."

Rooney, now manager of Championship side Derby, addresses some difficult topics in the one-off film, talking about moments that led to media stories on and off the field.

"They will get a real insight into what was going on inside my head." Rooney burst on to the scene as a 16-year-old for Everton in 2002 before starring at Euro 2004 for the Three Lions, which led to a then world record move for a teenager to Manchester United.

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"Getting thrown into the spotlight as a 16-year-old and having to deal with everything that comes with playing for your country at 17 was all new to me," added Rooney. 

"I was learning on my feet. I had to learn quick. Of course there were some mistakes along the way as well.

"It is exciting for me to do it and it will be interesting for people to see it."

(With inputs from agencies)

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