England under-21 footballer Andy Carroll was charged with assault and will appear in court today, police said.
The Newcastle United striker is due to appear before Tynedale Magistrates Court, Northumberland, this morning.
Carroll, 21, wears the club’s famous number nine shirt and won plaudits for his early season form.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Andrew Thomas Carroll, 21, previously of Prestwick, Newcastle, has been charged with assault.
“He is due to appear before Tynedale Magistrates this morning.”