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Former England football captain Wayne Rooney has been arrested for drink driving near his home in Cheshire, it was reported today.
Rooney, England’s all-time record goal scorer, was stopped by police on Thursday night after returning from an evening out, according to the Mirror.
The striker re-signed for boyhood club Everton this summer and enjoyed a perfect start scoring in each of his opening Premier League games.
His alleged arrest comes just days after the striker announced his retirement from international football, ending a reign as England captain after holding talks with manager Gareth Southgate.
The 31-year-old, who joined Everton from Manchester United in the summer after 13 years at Old Trafford, was dropped from Southgate’s latest squad for the summer fixtures against Scotland and France in June.
However, his rejuvenated form at Everton at the start of this season saw him back in contention for the squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.
His decision to retire from the international game prompted tributes from across the football world with former England manager Roy Hodgson describing him as a “legend”.
He stepped down as England’s greatest ever goalscorer, netting 53 times in 119 appearances and remains the second-highest capped player for the country behind former goalkeeper Peter Shilton’s record of 125 caps.
Rooney has lived in Cheshire for the past 12 years, in a £6 million home in Prestbury, not far from the Everton training ground at Finch Farm.
The football star, who trained at the ground on yesterday, was stopped by Cheshire Police last night, it was reported.
Cheshire Police refused to comment today saying they did not identify suspects who have been arrested.
Rooney, wife Coleen, and their three children, Kai, Klay and Kit, are planning to move to a new purpose-built £10million mansion in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.
Coleen recently announced that she is pregnant, expecting the couple’s fourth child.
In a statement after the announcement of his decision to retire he said: “Playing for England has always been special to me. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me.
“But I believe now is the time to bow out. Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton. Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful.”
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