Rooney ‘ready to play’ after sex claims

WAYNE Rooney flew to Switzerland with the England squad following allegations he had sex with a prostitute while his wife Coleen was pregnant with their first child.

At a press conference in Basel, Capello insisted all the players remained “focused on the game” ahead of tonight’s Euro qualifier.

Rooney, 24, who appeared grim-faced as he jetted off with the rest of the team from Luton Airport, has so far made no comment about the allegations.

But ahead of the second qualifier in the group stage, Capello suggested the claims would not affect his game.

The 64-year-old Italian said: “He told me he is ready to play, he wants to play and I’m sure that he will play.”

But it is feared the latest allegations, first carried by tabloid newspapers over the weekend, might affect the form of England’s talisman.

There is also the possibility that if proven, the alleged relationship with prostitute Jennifer Thompson may see the player lose lucrative sponsorship deals.

But publicist Max Clifford said that as long as he kept scoring goals the fans would not care.

Clifford said: “The only thing Wayne Rooney has to worry about is his wife, whether she, like all the others, is prepared to accept her husband’s alleged infidelities.

“Nobody in football gives a monkey’s as long as he’s winning on the pitch.”

Clifford said Rooney’s sponsors were also likely to stick with the player, adding: “Will it stop people drinking Tiger Beer? No. Will it stop people buying Coca Cola? No. Will it stop parents buying Nike for their children? No.”

Rooney’s lucrative deals with Nike, EA Sports and Coca-Cola have helped boost his personal fortune to £35 million (€41.8m).

A spokesman for Nike said: “We have worked with Wayne for seven years and he continues to be a Nike athlete.

“This is a private matter for Wayne and his family and we have no further comment to make at this time.”

Nike also stood by golfer Tiger Woods as the world number one admitted a string of affairs which led to the end of his marriage.

Coca-Cola declined to comment on their own business relationship with Rooney, with a spokesman for the company saying: “This is a private matter for Wayne and his family.”

Rooney’s wife Coleen, 24, was being comforted by her parents after leaving the £4.5m (€5.4m) Cheshire mansion she shares with her husband.

The Daily Mail yesterday reported Rooney broke the news to his wife by text message as Coleen was preparing for a family celebration. She was told Thompson had come forward to claim she had sex with Rooney at the same time as Coleen was expecting their child.

The vice girl, known as “Juicy Jeni”, claimed Rooney paid her £1,200 (€1,435) in cash each time they met.


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