Wayne Rooney talks mental health for new documentary

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Wayne Rooney has revealed he was worried his mental health and alcohol abuse could had cost him his life.

The manager of Derby County was discussing his concerns for a forthcoming Amazon Prime documentary about his life and career as one the country’s most famous football players.

Rooney said:  "That could have been girls, it could have been drink-driving, which I've done, it could have been killing someone -- you could kill yourself -- and that's a bad place to be.

"I knew I needed help, to save myself but also to save my family."

At the time he thought it was best to suffer in silence because the topic was still taboo and not often talked about, especially in the professional sporting environment.

"Ten, 15 years ago, I couldn't go into a dressing room and say 'I'm struggling with alcohol, I'm struggling mental health-wise'. I couldn't do that," he said.

Rooney won the Premier League five times, Champion League, FA Cup, Europa League and three League Cups during his time at Manchester United.

"To go from that to having to deal with becoming a Premier League player at 16 and an international player was something I wasn't prepared for," he told the Daily Mail.

"I had never even thought about the other side of being a football player. I wasn't prepared for that part of life.

"It took a long time for me to get used to that and figure out how to deal with it. It was like being thrown in somewhere where you are just not comfortable. That was tough for me."

“Rooney” is released on Amazon Prime on February 11.