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Wayne Rooney, the former Manchester United and England football captain, has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Reports say he had been out drinking with friends in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, as part of a send-off for ex-Manchester United player Wes Brown, who is leaving to play in India.

According to a statement released by the authorities: “Cheshire Police has charged a man with drink-driving following a vehicle stop in Wilmslow.

“The man was arrested shortly after 2:00am today, Friday 1 September, after officers stopped a black VW Beetle on Altrincham Road, Wilmslow.

“Wayne Rooney, aged 31, of Collar House Drive, Prestbury, 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 18th September 2017.”

Press reports say that Rooney, who currently plays for Everton, is expected to meet with manager Ronald Koeman to discuss his behaviour, and is rumoured to face a fine of two weeks’ wages from the club – approximately £320,000.