Wayne Rooney spoke to Jamie Vardy about the issues surrounding his wife Rebekah during Euro 2016, a court has heard.
Rooney was giving evidence in the High Court on Tuesday in the libel trial involving his wife Colleen and former England team-mate Vardy’s wife Rebekah.
The 35-year-old, now Derby County manager, explained: ‘Someone asked me as captain if I could speak to Mr Vardy about matters relating to his wife.
“We all knew it was a touchy subject. (I was asked to) talk to his wife and ask her to ask his wife to calm down and not bring trouble off the field.
“There was a lot of negativity and media coverage, and as a group of players and manager (Roy Hodgson) he didn’t want that to happen.”
Pushed by Hugh Tomlinson QC over the issues, Rooney said: “I believe she had a column. I was asked to speak to Mr. Vardy, I carried out those instructions, that’s all.
“Ms Vardy was on FaceTime a lot throughout the tournament with Jamie. The guys were playing pool. She was almost there with the team, she was on FaceTime a lot.
“As England captain, I would always try to protect the players in public as much as possible.”
When Tomlinson suggested the conversation never happened, Rooney said: ‘I’m sitting here under oath. I spoke 100% to Mr. Vardy about the situation.
He continued: “We had a games room, a dart board, a pool table and a table tennis table. I sat with him, he had a can of Red Bull, I had a coffee. I remember the details because it was such an awkward moment.
Rooney also explained Coleen’s record during the trial: “We don’t want to be in this court. Certainly not.
“I’ve seen my wife over the last three years really struggle with what’s happened, become a different mother and wife.
“It has been very traumatic throughout this situation.
“Regardless of the judgment, me, my wife and our children can go on and live our lives.”
The trial continues.
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