Everton striker Wayne Rooney was charged with drink driving in England and released on bail, according to Cheshire police. The 31-year-old was stopped by police at 2 a.m. in a Volkswagen Beetle near his home.
Despite being released on bail, Rooney is slated to appear in court on September 18.
The former England captain and team’s all-time scorer will not be in action this weekend after he recently retired from the national club. England manager Gareth Southgate got in touch with the striker a few days prior to sway him to the future club.
Rooney was adamant on staying away from international football. Per a statement released to the Associate Sport Press, the 31-year-old had this to say:
“It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. I really appreciated that. However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football.
“It is a really tough decision, and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me.”
Rooney buried 53 goals for England over 119 matches. His court date will be the day before Everton and Manchester United square off at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Ironically enough, Rooney is a Manchester United legend while playing for the heralded club as recently as last season.
Rooney debuted for England at the tender age of 17. He became the all-time leading scorer in September 2015 against Switzerland.