Rooney affected by prostitute revelations

24 September 2010 02:26
Sir Alex Ferguson Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, has suggested Wayne Rooney's form has suffered as he is struggling to cope with the intense media scrutiny surrounding his private life. Rooney, 24, cheated on his pregnant wife with prostitutes. The news broke while he was on England duty, and he kept his place in the starting XI for the win in Switzerland. Things have not gone so well for him back at Old Trafford. He was left out of the squad for the game at his former club Everton, and Ferguson conceded he has struggled to focus on his football. "I don't believe he has a confidence problem. He is starting to realise probably, finally, without any question, what kind of focus is on him as a human being," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I don't think the boy can turn without a camera on him but, for a young person, that is not what you want. You want to play and enjoy your football without that attention. That can be quite exhausting."