The former England striker, 36, revealed he was asked by then England manager Roy Hodgson to speak to his teammate Jamie Vardy to ask his wife to “calm down” during the Euros 2016, the High Court heard.
He told the courtroom: “They asked me, as captain, would I be able to speak to Mr Vardy on issues regarding his wife and I think we all knew that it was an awkward subject.
“I’d need to speak to Mr Vardy and ask him to speak to his wife and ask him to ask his wife to calm down.
“It was an awkward situation for me and I’m sure it was an awkward situation for Mr Vardy, but I felt it was in the best interests of the team,” he added.
However later outside court Mr Vardy released as statment saying: “Wayne is talking nonsense.
“He must be confused because he never spoke to me about issues concerning Becky’s media work at Euro 2016.”
The case centres on a viral social media post sent by Coleen Rooney in October 2019, in which she revealed she had carried out a “sting operation” and accused Rebekah Vardy, 40, of leaking “false stories” about her private life to the press.
The trial continues.
Jamie Vardy claims Wayne Rooney ‘talking nonsense’
In a statement issued by Jamie Vardy’s representatives outside the hearing, the Leicester City player responded to claims in court that he was told to tell Mr Vardy’s wife Rebekah to “calm down” during the Euros in 2016. He said: “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.”
Pictured: The Vardys leave court early
An expert instructed by Rebekah Vardy found it “surprising” that there was an “absence” of WhatsApp messages between her and agent Caroline Watt after Mrs Vardy tried to export messages from her device to her solicitors, the High Court was told.
Ian Henderson was asked a series of questions in court by Coleen Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne about Mrs Vardy’s data, which the lawyer suggested had been “deleted” or “lost”.
Mr Sherborne put it to the expert that he described the “absence of this data being caused by the uploading process” as “somewhat surprising”, with Mr Henderson agreeing that he remembered saying that.
“Clearly by surprised you’re saying that that is not what you would expect to have happened?” Mr Sherborne added.
“That is correct,” Mr Henderson replied.
Court sketch: Jamie Vardy and Rebekah look on as Wayne Rooney gives evidence
Court sketch for Tuesday: Wayne Rooney giving evidence
Mr Rooney told the court that the period after his wife’s “reveal” post had been “very traumatic” for her and that he had watched her “really struggle”.
“For me and my wife, we don’t want to be in this court,” Mr Rooney said.
“I’ve watched my wife over the last two and a half years really struggle with everything … becoming a different mother, a different wife.
“It’s been been very traumatic for my wife.”
He added: “Hopefully whatever the judgment is in this case, myself, my wife and our children can get on and live our lives because it was not something that we wanted to be part of.”
Rooney says he had ‘awkward’ conversation with Jamie Vardy ‘regarding his wife’
Mr Rooney recalled in court the “awkward” conversation he allegedly had with Jamie Vardy about his wife.
“I spoke to Jamie 100%,” he said, adding: “I remember the conversation I had with Jamie.
“It was awkward for me to have to speak to a team-mate regarding his wife.”
Mr Rooney said the two footballers had gone into a games room to sit down and speak, with Mr Vardy having a can of red bull and Mr Rooney a coffee.
“It was such an awkward moment for me to have to speak to him,” Mr Rooney said.
Rooney says abuse received by Rebekah was ‘disgusting’
Wayne Rooney said that abuse directed at Rebekah Vardy was “disgusting”.
He was asked by Hugh Tomlinson QC if he had discussed with his wife the “very high level of abuse and trolling” that came after her October 2019 “reveal” post.
“Me sitting here in this court room, this trial is the first time I’m hearing almost everything in this case. It’s been a long week,” Mr Rooney said.
He added: “I’ve never discussed it really with my wife.
“The abuse Mrs Vardy has received, I think, is disgusting. It’s not right (for) a woman to receive that abuse.
“But I never really discussed being part of this, I’ve been here to support my wife.”
‘I didn’t want to get involved’, says Wayne Rooney
In his witness statement, Mr Rooney said he “didn’t want to get involved” when his wife became “frustrated” at alleged leaks of her information to The Sun.
Asked what he meant by that in court, Mr Rooney replied: “I’m not big on social media and I didn’t want to get involved.
“My wife is an independent woman who does her own thing and I didn’t want to get involved in what the situation was.”
Mr Rooney said that social media was the “least” of his worries amid helping his wife with their four children.
“She made me aware of it and that was the last time I actually spoke about it,” Mr Rooney said.
Rooney: I was not friends with Jamie Vardy
Asked if it was a matter of concern that his wife was claiming stories were being leaked about her and their family, Wayne Rooney replied: “It’s always a matter of concern when it involves your family. There’s information that my wife said had been leaked.”
He added that other stories were inaccurate.
“It was something that me and my wife have had to deal with since we were 16.
“I have learned how to deal with that and not let it have much impact on my way of thinking.”
Mr Rooney was later asked why he had not brought his wife’s concerns up with Jamie Vardy.
He replied: “Jamie was a team-mate for the national team, he’s not someone I have ever particularly been friends with on a social level.”
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- 7 Period after viral post has been ‘very traumatic’ for his wife, Rooney tells court
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- 9 Rooney says abuse received by Rebekah was ‘disgusting’
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