‘Roasting’ orgies to ‘Auld Slapper’ sex – England footballers’ big scandals

England stars Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden hit the headlines for the wrong reasons this week after being kicked out of the Three Lions' squad for inviting two Icelandic girls back to their hotel room.

The two rising stars, who play for Manchester United and Manchester City respectively, broke strict Covid-19 protocol by allowing the young women into their room.

Shortly after, they left the camp in disgrace and have since had to face the music with their club bosses back on home turf, where striker Greenwood, 18, has been forced to train alone.

But their indiscretion was nothing compared to some of the scandals that have embroiled some of their predecessors in the famous white shirt…

Wayne Rooney's 'Auld Slapper'

Wayne Rooney may be England's record goalscorer and one of the country's greatest ever football players, but he has struggled to stay out of the limelight throughout his career.

When he was still a teenager Rooney admitted visiting prostitutes after he was caught on CCTV entering a backstreet brothel.

He is said to have brazenly signed autographs for fellow punters while waiting his turn.

Rooney allegedly had sex with a 48-year-old grandmother dressed in a rubber catsuit, cruelly nicknamed 'Auld Slapper'. Patricia Tierney denied the claims and Rooney later made a grovelling apology to future wife Coleen and his fans.

He said: "Foolish as it now seems, I did on occasions visit massage parlours and prostitutes. It was at a time when I was very young and immature and before I had settled down with Coleen.

"I now regret it deeply and hope people may understand it was the sort of mistake you make when you are young and stupid.'

The ex-Manchester United striker was again on the front pages in 2010 after he had a threesome with high-class escorts Helen Wood and Jenny Thompson.

John Terry's 'affair'

Another former England captain John Terry was once named father of the year but doubts were cast on that title when allegations emerged that he cheated on wife Toni with the girlfriend of then Chelsea teammate Wayne Bridge.

Terry was accused of having a four-month affair with Vanessa Perroncel in 2009. He applied for a super-injunction to stop the story being published, which a High Court judge imposed in January 2010. It was lifted the following week.

Terry was stripped off the England captaincy. Perroncel denies an affair ever took place and she subsequently received apologies from some sections of the press for breaching her privacy.

A month after the story broke, Bridge refused to shake Terry's hand before his Manchester City team beat Chelsea 4-2.

Terry was restored to the England captaincy a year later in 2011 before he was stripped off the England captaincy a second time over claims he racially abused Anton Ferdinand when Chelsea played QPR. It effectively ended his international career.

Rio Ferdinand's missed drug test

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand dealt England's Euro 2004 hopes a major blow when he was banned for eight months by the FA for missing a drugs test.

Ferdinand was asked to take the test at his club's Carrington training ground but left without undergoing the procedure. The star who was also fined £50,000.

He later claimed the testers were as much to blame as himself for the "brutal" eight month ban, according to former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

It was later claimed Ferdinand cheated on wife Rebecca Ellison with at least 10 women after he unsuccessfully tried to sue a newspaper to prevent the publication of a story about an alleged affair with Carly Storey.

He claimed it was not the secret trysts that were affecting his marriage but the publicity surrounding them. Rebecca later died aged just 34 after a brave battle against breast cancer.

Sex tapes on holiday

Frank Lampard, Kieron Dyer and Rio Ferdinand hit the headlines in 2000 when a sex tape they filmed in party hotspot Ayia Napa was leaked to the press.

The three young Premier League stars had been left out of England's Euro 2000 squad so they decided to make the most of a summer without football by letting their hair down in the Cypriot party paradise.

Reports of alleged orgies – dubbed 'roasting' sessions – were plastered across the papers.

Ferdinand later said in his autobiography: "I had sex with one girl, which was taped with her consent, and that was it.

"OK, I've played up to the camera a bit, but she knew it was on and it didn't bother her."

For his part Dyer says he was "mortified" by the situation and claims it was "set up" without his consent.

Lampard, Dyer and Ferdinand had been celebrating England's win over Germany at Euro 2000.

Adam Johnson's grooming shame

Adam Johnson was once considered one of the bright young hopes of English footballer, but his career ended abruptly in February 2016 when he was convicted for sexual activity with a teenage Sunderland fan.

He was also found guilty of grooming her. Johnson served half of a six year sentence and was released in March 2019.

In a shocking prison video, the ex-Manchester City winger claimed he wished he had raped his victim.

Despite rumours he was hoping for a return to football, Johnson – who played 12 times for England, scoring two goals – has mostly kept a low profile since his release from prison.

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