Rooney v Vardy: They strike…but who scores? How Premier League stars Wayne and Jamie went on the attack in defence of their warring wives
- Wayne and Jamie were once described as ‘close friends on and off the field’
- But the libel trial involving their wives led to a public row between the stars
- Wayne claimed he was asked to request Jamie Vardy told his wife to ‘calm down’
- But Jamie Vardy denied he’d been spoken to by Rooney, saying it was ‘nonsense’
Former England teammates Wayne and Jamie were once described as ‘close friends on and off the field’ by former England manager Roy Hodson but all that was kicked into touch as the high-profile trial unfolded.
Wayne, 36 dutifully accompanied Coleen for each day of the trial, dressed in sharp suits that matched her formal outfits and the two were photographed purposefully striding into the High Court as they put on a united front.
Jamie, 35 on the other hand, only accompanied Rebekah once during the trial, ironically on the day when his former international colleague Wayne was giving evidence.
As the former England captain took to the witness box, Jamie stared dispassionately as Wayne sounded the last rites for any camaraderie the two once shared on the football pitch.
Wayne told the court that during the Euro 2016 tournament he spoke with Jamie following instructions from then manager Hodgson and assistant manager Gary Neville to ask him to ask his wife to ‘calm down’ over her ‘media antics’ which were causing ‘problems and distractions’ for the team in France.
Jamie Vardy (pictured with his wife) got a hammering in court for being willing to release a statement slamming Wayne Rooney – but not giving evidence in the case
The smiling Rooneys leave court as legal experts suggested the case was going their way. In court their barrister David Sherborne (right) summed up Coleen’s case and laid into the Vardys
When told that Vardy denied he was asked to get Rebekah to ‘calm down’, Wayne told the High Court: ‘I’m sat here on oath. I 100 per cent spoke to Mr Vardy. If he wants to speak that and relay that back to his wife that’s entirely his business.’
Cashing in: Vardy vs Rooney estimated £3m costs making their lawyers the REAL winners
VARDY ROONEY TOTAL
Pre-trial costs – £1.1m £900,000 £2m
Trial costs – £500,000 £500,000 £1m
Grand total – £1.6m £1.4m £3m
Wayne was also asked by Coleen’s lawyers why he never directly raised her concerns with Jamie that Rebekah was leaking stories about her.
He told the court: ‘Jamie was a team-mate for the national team, he’s not someone I have ever particularly been friends with on a social level.’
His evidence ignited a war of words between the former teammates with a representative of Jamie reading a statement outside the court which declared: ‘Wayne is talking nonsense. He must be confused because he never spoke to me about issues concerning Becky’s media work at Euro 2016. There was nothing to speak about, I know this because I discuss everything with Becky.’
Soon after Wayne finished giving evidence, Jamie left court early with Rebekah, the reason given that she was feeling ill.
Following the end of the trial, neither of the footballers are believed to have been in communication with each other and they do not follow each other on social media.
Wayne has recently been appointed head coach of DC United while Jamie is preparing for the new Premier League season with Leicester City and revealed that he has no plans to retire any time soon.
Wayne still harbours ambitions to manage in the Premier League and was linked with several managerial positions before taking up a job in the US. If his dream becomes reality anytime soon, he could come face to face with Jamie on the football pitch once again, resuming a rivalry that has been ignited by their respective wives’ legal battle.