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Wayne Rooney to face court on drink-driving charge after he's stopped by police at 2am

By Rachael Burnett

Former England captain Wayne Rooney will appear in court later this month after being charged with drink driving.

The Everton striker was stopped by police near his home in Cheshire on Thursday night.

Rooney was released on bail and is due at Stockport Magistrates Court on September 18.

The court appearance will come less than 24 hours after Everton face his old club Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Last night more details about his arrest were starting to emerge.

Rooney (31) was seen posing in a selfie with cricketer Jack McIver in the Bubble Room bar in Alderley Edge on Thursday evening. Mr McIver shared the photo on Instagram at around 10pm with the comment: "International Break #legend."

Rooney, the all-time top scorer for England and Manchester United, is not playing this weekend after retiring from the national team last month.

He was pulled over on Altrincham Road in Wilmslow, around six miles north-west of the family home in Prestbury.

A Cheshire Police spokesman yesterday said: "The man was arrested shortly after 2am today, Friday, September 1, after officers stopped a black VW Beetle on Altrincham Road, Wilmslow.

"Wayne Rooney, aged 31, has since been charged with driving whilst over the prescribed limit.

"Rooney has been released on bail and is due to appear at Stockport Magistrates Court on 18/9/2017."

Rooney arrived at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire, at just before 2.25pm yesterday. He was swiftly driven through the opening gates to the property as reporters waited outside.

Representatives for Rooney and Everton were unavailable last night.

The incident comes after Rooney rejoined his boyhood club Everton from United this summer after 13 years at Old Trafford.

He has been married to his high-school sweetheart Coleen since 2008 and they have three children together.

Mrs Rooney recently announced she is pregnant with their fourth child.

So far Rooney has scored twice in three games, including the winner against Stoke City in his first league game since returning.

Last week he announced his retirement from international football, finishing with a record 53 goals from 119 caps.

Rooney is not the first high-profile footballer to be stopped on suspicion of drink driving in recent months.

In February, Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino was banned from the road for 12 months and fined £20,000 after admitting drink driving.

The 25-year-old Brazilian international was stopped and breathalysed at 3am on Christmas Eve on Strand Street in Liverpool city centre.

Firmino had 46 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of his breath, which is above the legal limit of 35.

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