Wayne Rooney asked Jamie Vardy to calm his wife down at Euro 2016 at the request of the England manager


Wayne Rooney has asked Jamie Vardy to ‘calm down’ his wife Rebekah at the request of England manager Roy Hodgson during Euro 2016, the Supreme Court has heard.

The former England international and Derby County manager is testifying against Ms Vardy on day six of his wife’s defamation trial.

Ms Vardy, 39, is suing Ms Rooney, 35, for defamation after Ms Rooney publicly accused the latter of being the source of stories about her leaked to The Sun newspaper.

Mr Rooney said he had been asked to intervene because of the media attention Ms Vardy received during the tournament.

Mr Rooney said that “England manager Roy Hodgson and his assistant manager Gary Neville … they asked me, as captain, if I could speak to Mr Vardy about issues relating to his wife.”

Mr Rooney added: “I think we all knew it was an uncomfortable subject.”

“So I agreed to speak to Mr Vardy … to ask him to ask his wife to calm down,” Mr Rooney said.

“It was an awkward moment for me to speak to Jamie about his wife but felt it necessary after being asked by the England manager,” he added.

He clarified, “I was asked to speak to my teammate Jamie Vardy about Becky’s media activities causing problems and distractions.”

“I was asked by the England manager and assistant manager to speak to Mr Vardy and I carried out that instruction… I felt it was in the best interest of the rest of the team and was asked by the England team manager, ‘I carried out that instruction'”, said Mr. Rooney.

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Bobby Allyn

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