Monday 25 June 2018

Rooney faces Coleen's wrath after arrest in woman's car

Ex-England star kissed office worker before being pulled over and charged with drink-driving

EXPLAINING TO DO: Wayne Rooney with his wife Coleen who is expecting their fourth child
EXPLAINING TO DO: Wayne Rooney with his wife Coleen who is expecting their fourth child

Ben Rumsby

Wayne Rooney's pregnant wife Coleen has arrived back at their Cheshire home from her Spanish holiday with their three children to confront her husband after it emerged he kissed and hugged a woman before being arrested at the wheel of her car.

The former England footballer has been charged with drink-driving after he was stopped in the Volkswagen Beetle near his €6.4m home in the early hours of last Friday.

England's former captain and record goalscorer was released on bail and ordered to appear at Stockport magistrates' court on September 18 after being pulled over by police shortly after 2am in Wilmslow while driving a car allegedly owned by a 29-year-old female office worker.

His arrest came after he was seen dancing on the tables at a local bar, the Bubble Room, and singing along to Oasis songs before moving on to late-night cocktail bar the Symposium.

If convicted, Rooney could be fined and banned from driving for at least a year and even jailed for six months.

He could also face disciplinary action from Everton, with manager Ronald Koeman having brought him back to his boyhood club from Manchester United partly to act as a role model for their young players.

Rooney will appear in court less than 24 hours after the clubs meet at Old Trafford for the first time since he rejoined the Merseysiders. The 31-year-old trained with Everton last Thursday, which marked the 13th anniversary of his move to United, ahead of his night out.

Having retired from international football barely a week earlier, he was in the middle of a two-week rest from playing while his former England team-mates prepared for their World Cup qualifying double-header in Malta last Friday and against Slovakia tomorrow.

After being spotted at Italian restaurant Piccolino at 4pm, he was seen partying at the Bubble Room that evening with friends, including former United colleague Wes Brown.

They were said to have been singing and dancing while local band Funky Treacle played Oasis covers, with Rooney joining in with a rendition of Wonderwall.

Shropshire cricketer Jack McIver posted a picture on Instagram of himself with Rooney at the venue at around 10pm, alongside the caption: "International Break #legend."

It was after moving on to the Symposium that Rooney allegedly got behind the wheel of a black Beetle before being pulled over.

He was arrested and remained in custody until his agent, Paul Stretford, picked him up from the Middlewich Custody Suite, with Rooney still wearing the grey hoodie in which he was pictured the night before.

Speaking to the Sun, Laura Simpson, whose car Rooney was driving when the pair were pulled over, said they had been socialising together.

Discussing the moments before they were stopped, she said: "We were just driving and then there was just blue flashing lights behind us. Wayne was pi**ed right off. And really worried about it. I didn't know what to make of it, it all happened so fast. It was a whirlwind.

"We got the taxi to go and pick up my car. I was too drunk to drive and as it was just me and him he offered to drive. I don't really know where we were planning on going.

"I didn't have any involvement with the police side of things, they kept me well away. The police drove my car to my friend's house where I was meant to be staying - and where I ended up staying."

England manager Gareth Southgate had planned to recall Rooney for last Friday and tomorrow's crucial qualifiers before he announced his international retirement after 119 caps and 53 goals.

Rooney had not played for his country since last November, when he was forced to apologise for staying up drinking until 5am and gatecrashing a wedding party after England's qualifying victory against Scotland.

A spokesman for Rooney declined to comment on his drink-driving charge, while Everton did not respond to requests for comment.

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