Former England captain, Wayne Rooney has pleaded guilty to a charge of drink driving at Stockport Magistrates’ Court.

Earlier this month, Rooney was stopped by police at 2am in the morning of September 1st driving a VW Beetle near his home in Cheshire after allegedly spending the evening at a bar in Alderley Edge, reported to be The Bubble Room.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police later said: “A man has been charged with drink-driving following a vehicle stop in Wilmslow.

“Wayne Rooney, aged 31, has since been charged with driving whilst over the prescribed limit.”

The court heard Rooney was almost three times the legal limit when he was stopped by police at 02:00 BST.

A breathalyser test showed his alcohol level was 104 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath.

The drink-drive limit in England and Wales is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.

In a statement issued after the hearing, the Everton footballer said: “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.”

Wearing a blue suit with his hands in his pockets, Rooney walked into the court building accompanied by a small entourage.

Kate Gaskell, prosecuting, said a police officer on patrol was on duty in Altrincham Road, Wilmslow, at 02:10 BST when they noticed the rear tail-light of a Volkswagen Beetle on the left hand side had gone out.

She said the officer intended to follow the vehicle but it pulled over with Rooney seen to be at the wheel with a female in the front passenger seat.

Ms Gaskell said the footballer provided a positive roadside breath test before he was taken to a police station where the reading was confirmed.