The Court 13 witness box is far from the only box where Wayne Rooney has been late in time, and the results have typically been devastating.
The Manchester United and England record goalscorer was the penultimate witness in his wife’s defense and while we don’t know yet, it’s entirely possible he decided the game.
In the final stages of their careers, once-feral attackers like Rooney need to learn to play a little smarter. Your days of action are over. You can’t always trace back. Instead, they must conserve their energy, wait for the moment, and then hit! They fall.
That’s exactly what Wayne Rooney did.
A full five and a half days—that’s twenty-seven and a half hours of court time—he had sat there, his eyes fixed on the court clerk’s oak-panelled desk before him with such piercing intensity that no one would have been surprised by the court stenographer’s pencil suddenly floating off the desk like a piece of chalk Mathilde. And then he took his shot.
In the absence of clear, undeniable evidence that it was ……… Rebekah Vardy who knowingly provided information The sun From Coleen Rooney’s Instagram account, Ms Rooney’s lawyers have instead attempted to paint a picture of a woman who had – by all accounts – become a fully paid member of the newspaper’s newsroom.
She said she texted her husband’s teammates and fished for information to help The sun‘s reporters and photographers providing tidbits about the mood in the Leicester City squad, secretly hiring dads to photograph the wags outside a restaurant in Russia, and so on and so forth.
To hear Wayne Rooney’s account of what was going on in the England camp at Euro 2016, a tournament he captained and it’s fair to say things weren’t going well (England ended three days after the former had voted to leave the European Union) was somewhat unsettling.
Rebekah Vardy wrote a column for The sun throughout the tournament and, according to Rooney, he video-called Jamie Vardy at the players’ hotel with such regularity that “she was almost on the team” – a situation that had become so subpar that the manager, Roy Hodgson, asked Wayne to to talk to Jamie about it.
It’s hard to overstate how much this sort of thing would have angered England’s overlords. For context, I happened to spend a while covering the England football team during the Hodgson years, which weren’t the quietest of times for anyone involved.
England staff routinely had to search the toilets at major tournament stadiums at the end of open training sessions, as reporters would occasionally hide in them to catch a glimpse of the closed training session that followed, from which the starting XI for the next game could often be gleaned .
In England’s impossibly glamorous venue of Rio de Janeiro for the 2014 World Cup, it was quickly apparent that the training ground could be seen from the Sugarloaf cable car. I happen to know that at least one pair of binoculars was purchased.
Amidst this feverish atmosphere a Sun Columnist – Rebekah Vardy – was “almost on the team” in the words of the England captain.
The implication is clear that Vardy was constantly FaceTiming her husband to gather information for her column. She has alleged in her testimony that Jamie Vardy said that the “word” Wayne was asked for never took place – a point brought to Mr Rooney by Vardy’s attorney Hugh Tomlinson.
“I sit here under oath,” Wayne said. “And I’m telling you 100 percent that it happened.”
At one point, Tomlinson also wanted to know why, if Coleen was so upset, Wayne hadn’t texted Jamie Vardy so the two could work out their wives’ Instagram-related issues before things got out of hand. Mr Rooney told him the two men weren’t friends, adding: “My wife is an independent woman.” An independent woman who doesn’t need her husband to settle her issues for her (not if a libel suit is going on instead sufficient before a public court).
Ten yards away, his former England team-mate Jamie Vardy stood in court for the first time since the trial began. It is not clear why he wanted to take part today. Indeed, if the point was to obfuscate Wayne’s testimony, he kind of forgot about it, opting instead to stare straight ahead, which seems to be the way to go.
A word on the judge, Mrs Justice Steyn, who has kept a remarkably low profile as ringmaster of her own private circus. But she interjected at the end of Wayne Rooney’s testimony to ask if, as a follower of his wife’s private Instagram, he personally saw any of his wife’s fake stories, which were offset in Vardy’s favor.
He looked utterly confused for about five agonizing seconds before his wife’s attorney, David Sherborne, intervened to tell the judge the fake stories had only been seen from one account, Rebekah Vardy’s, which literally is the whole point was the three-year defamation case that will cost someone around £3million.
“Oh yes,” she said. “That is absolutely right.”
We’ve also heard from Paul Stretford, Wayne Rooney’s longtime agent, who as a football agent also acts as a sort of concierge service for all his clients’ needs (most football agents will privately admit that this mainly involves arranging the replacement of defective Sony Playstations ).
Stretford also served as the de facto project manager for Wayne and Coleen’s new home. so natural when news of a flood came The sunHe was right on the phone with the contractors, who promptly told him there was no tide (the tide was summoned by Coleen Rooney, by this point very much the Prospero of her own private Instagram, to get Rebekah Vardy). .
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The court also saw the famous Instagram screenshots with the deadly graphic in the corner of each, “Seen by 1” – that was Rebekah Vardy.
The problem for Vardy, however, is that no one saw this trial. It was seen by everyone. So has her thousands of WhatsApp messages, along with the somewhat staggering magnitude of her descent into the world of celebrity journalism – in which, according to the available evidence, she seems to have been both the star and the star reporter.
Seeing the two men sitting so close together on the court bench was a sad reminder that the pair never quite bonded as England’s Front Two. By the time Jamie Vardy took the stage in 2015, Wayne Rooney had retired into a deeper role. It is now up to the judge to decide which of their wives also played in that position.