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ESPN FC  By ESPN

Everton's Wayne Rooney admits 'mistake' over drink-driving charge

Everton striker Wayne Rooney has told talkSPORT that his drink-driving conviction was "a stupid mistake" and he is happy giving something back in community service.

Rooney, 32, pleaded guilty to drink driving earlier this year, having his licence revoked for two years and being ordered to undertake 120 hours of work in the local community.

He has rediscovered his form on the pitch in recent weeks, having scored nine Premier League goals this season and winning the November Goal of the Month award after he netted from inside his own half in scoring a hat trick against West Ham United.

"Sometimes you make mistakes," Rooney said. "I held my hands up. I made a mistake. I knew straight away I had made a stupid mistake and I have to move on.

"It is not nice. I've got children and it is not nice for them to see that and I try to move on and learn from it which I feel I am doing.

Wayne Rooney has scored nine Premier League goals this season already.

"I'm still doing it [community service] and am about halfway through it. It wasn't something that I was thinking I wanted to be doing because obviously I've got children at home and when you have a day off you want to rest.

"But I've really enjoyed doing it. I've been working with adults with learning difficulties in a garden centre and especially around this period at Christmas, going in and helping them with different things.

"I'm honestly really enjoying it, working with these people, and it is a place I will certainly keep in touch with when my hours are over.

"Seeing what they do, they obviously need support in what they do, there are a lot of adults with learning difficulties who need a little bit of help and guidance with what they do and someone there to help them."

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