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Loudoun County Sheriff's Office handout photo of former England footballer Wayne Rooney after he was booked into the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on December 16, 2018, on a charge of public intoxication stemming from an arrest by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police (MWAA).  He was later released on a personal recognizance bond. Photo: Loudoun County Sheriff's Office/PA Wire

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office handout photo of former England footballer Wayne Rooney after he was booked into the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on December 16, 2018, on a charge of public intoxication stemming from an arrest by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police (MWAA). He was later released on a personal recognizance bond. Photo: Loudoun County Sheriff's Office/PA Wire

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Wayne Rooney in action for D.C United. Photo: USA TODAY Sports

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Loudoun County Sheriff's Office handout photo of former England footballer Wayne Rooney after he was booked into the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on December 16, 2018, on a charge of public intoxication stemming from an arrest by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police (MWAA). He was later released on a personal recognizance bond. Photo: Loudoun County Sheriff's Office/PA Wire

Wayne Rooney was arrested in the US accused of public intoxication, police have said.

The former Manchester United star, who now plays for American team DC United, was taken into custody on December 16 in Virginia, officials said.

A spokesman for Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said: "He was booked into the Loudoun County Adult Detention Centre on December 16, 2018, on a charge of public intoxication stemming from an arrest by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police (MWAA).

"He was later released on a personal recognizance bond."

Wayne Rooney's public intoxication arrest came when he was left "disorientated" by prescribed sleeping tablets he took on a flight while drinking, his spokesman said.

In a statement to the Press Association, the spokesman said: "Wayne Rooney was arrested and detained at Dulles airport following a long flight from Saudi Arabia after a one-day promotional business trip.

"During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival.

"He was approached by police who arrested him on a minor misdemeanour charge.

"He received a statutory automatic fine and was released shortly afterwards at the airport. The matter is now at an end.

"Wayne would like to put on record his appreciation for the manner he was treated by all involved.

"No further comment will be made."

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