Rooney sought help over mental health issues due to Man United and England pressure
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Rooney sought help over mental health issues due to Man United and England pressure

Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has revealed that he sought helo over mental health issues due to the pressure that came in playing for Man United and England.

Rooney who has been steering a sinking Derby in the Championship following the club's move into administration spoke at a trailer for the documentary Rooney, to be screened on Amazon Prime early next year.

The 35-year-old wanted to give viewers ‘a real insight into what was going on inside my head’ throughout a colorful career and was quick to talk about mental issues.

"People talk about mental health, I did see someone at times. It is about realizing 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.

"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. I was learning on my feet and of course, there were some mistakes along the way.

"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," Rooney said.

The documentary charts Rooney’s tough upbringing on a council estate in Croxteth that helped forge his combative style on the pitch.