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- The former England forward lost £700,000 in five-month during his early stage at Old Trafford
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Former England international Wayne Rooney had admitted that losing a huge amount of money via ga'mbling affected his performances in the early stages of his career.
The 34-year-old who recently joined Derby County lost a staggering £700,000 in the space of about five months back then.
Although, he rose to the top of his career where he earned the sum of £300,000 a week at Old Trafford, the mistake earlier in his career threw him off-balance.
According to SunSport, the Three Lions all-time goals scorer also lost £65,000 in just two hours at a ca'sino 12 years ago but insisted he stopped the habit after recouping his loses.
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Speaking out as part of 32Red's Stay In Contol ga'mbling awareness campaign, he revealed: “I was a young lad who’d just come into a lot of money.
"For an away game with Manchester United you stay in a hotel – and with England you’re in a hotel for seven to ten days.
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“You get bored and do things to fill the time. At that time ga'mbling was one of them.
"It was easy to place bets by phone. It didn’t feel like real money. It wasn't like I had to go into a bookies and put bets where there are limits.
"Before you know it you’ve lost a good bit and you don’t realise the amount you’re putting on.
“I won at the start and thought it was easy money. It draws you in a bit more and I ended up losing, ended up down."
Rooney continued: “I ended up chasing my bets trying to win my money back. “You’re there to play for your country or club and when you’re losing money the way I was then it will affect you.
“Thankfully I managed to pay up what I lost and I didn’t ga'mble again. I’ve learned from my mistakes.
"If you carry on ga'mbling, you lose more. That’s when you can get drawn into a bad situation.”
Rooney took the No32 jersey at Derby as part of the club's deal with 32Red - a move which sparked a furious backlash from some groups, as well as wife Coleen.
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