Liverpool - Everton striker Wayne Rooney has been charged with drink-driving, British police said on Friday.
Rooney, England's all-time record goalscorer and former captain, was
stopped by police near his home in Cheshire, northwest England, in the
early hours of Friday.
"The man was arrested shortly after 02:00 today, Friday, September 1, after officers stopped a black VW Beetle," said a police
Police said 31-year-old Rooney "has since been charged with driving whilst over the prescribed limit."
He was pulled over on Altrincham Road, Wilmslow, just a few miles from his home in Prestbury.
Rooney had been released on bail and is due to appear at Stockport
Magistrates' Court on September 18 -- the day after Everton play his
former club Manchester United at Old Trafford.
He was seen posing in a selfie with cricketer Jack McIver in a bar in
the upmarket town of Alderley Edge, near his home, on Thursday, August
McIver shared the photo of the pair in the Bubble Room on Instagram
at around 22:00 that day with the comment: "International
Rooney announced his retirement from international football last week, having scored 53 goals in 119 appearances.
He made his decision despite England manager Gareth Southgate
offering to recall him for the World Cup qualifier against Malta on
Rooney re-joined boyhood club Everton in the pre-season after a
successful 13-year spell at Premier League rivals Manchester United that
saw him win five English titles, one FA Cup, three League Cups, the
Europa League and the 2008 Champions League.
But he started to become more of a bit-part player following the
arrival at Old Trafford of Portuguese manager and former Chelsea boss
Rooney, however, has seemed rejuvenated by a move back to
Liverpool-based Everton and scored in his first two Premier League games
of the 2017/18 campaign, a 1-0 home win over Stoke City at Goodison
Park and in a 1-1 draw away to Manchester City.
Friday saw Rooney arrive at his home shortly before 02:25 local time as he was quickly driven through the open gates of his
property and past a crowd of waiting reporters.