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Former England captain Wayne Rooney has pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Stockport Magistrates Court.

He was originally arrested on 1st September in Wilmslow after police stopped his car in the early hours of the morning.

Kate Gaskell, for the prosecution, told the court how a police officer on patrol observed that a Volkswagen Beetle was driving with a non-functioning rear tail-light. The officer originally intended to follow the vehicle, but it pulled over, and Rooney was seen to be at the wheel with a female beside him in the passenger seat.

A breathalyser test returned a positive result for alcohol, and a subsequent test at the police station showed him to be almost three times the legal drink-drive limit, with 104mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mcg in England and Wales.

Rooney already has three points on his driving licence following a speeding offence in 2016.

The team representing the footballer asked District Judge John Temperley to consider not imposing a community order because of the amount of charity work he already undertakes, however, the judge replied that he was “not convinced” that a large fine would “have the same effect”.

Mike Rainford, representing Rooney, told the court that his current club, Everton FC, would fine the player two weeks wages, widely reported to be in the region of £300,000.

Said Judge Temperley: “This is a serious matter… you placed yourself and other road users at risk as a result of your poor judgement that night.

“I accept your remorse is genuine and that you are aware of the adverse effects the events of that night have had, not least on your family.”

In addition to his ban, he has been ordered to undertake a 12-month community order with 120 hours unpaid work. He must also pay £85 prosecution costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

The footballer issued a statement following the hearing, saying “I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgment in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong.

“I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career.

“Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.”

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