Wayne Rooney has been arrested in Washington D.C.

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Wayne Rooney has been arrested for being drunk in public and swearing in America, US reports claim.

The former England and Manchester United captain, who now plays for Major League Soccer's DC United, was arrested on 16 December in Virginia.

Court records obtained by Washington ABC 7 News and The Athletic showed that Rooney was arrested in Loudon County, Virginia, on December 16 for cursing and intoxication, a misdemeanour for which he was released from custody on his own recognisance before paying the fine and court costs on Friday. Rooney reportedly paid a $25 fine.

Former England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.

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In a statement, his spokesman said: "During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival. The matter is now at an end".

It is believed the 33-year-old, who now places for American team DC United, was detained at Washington's Dulles airport, which is near the club's stadium.

In the UK, Rooney admitted drink-driving in September 2017 after a night out when he was caught driving a woman's Volkswagen Beetle. "We have no further comment on this situation".

Rooney is now 13 months into a drink-driving ban and has completed 100 hours of community service which was part of his punishment.

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Rooney, who is still banned from driving in the United Kingdom after he was caught drink-driving, was held in a cell in Virginia and fined.

The former England star moved across to the States with wife Coleen and their four sons in June past year.

The 33-year-old scored 12 goals in 20 games for the club and returned to global duty for a one-off game with England, as Gareth Southgate's side beat US 3-0 in a friendly at Wembley in November.

At the worldwide level, Rooney played 120 matches for England.

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