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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Rooney is 'knocked out' in kitchen boxing match

Wayne and Coleen Rooney
Wayne and Coleen Rooney

England football captain Wayne Rooney (29) could be in hot water with his Manchester United and England bosses after footage emerged of him being knocked out by former team-mate Phil Bardsley in an impromptu boxing match.

Rooney was left out cold after Bardsley caught him with a left jab as they went toe-to-toe in his kitchen and he is seen falling to the floor and appears to hit his head with a thud as he lands heavily on the ground.

He was left apparently out cold, arms splayed and his head partially under a dining chair.

The footage will infuriate England manager Roy Hodgson as the tussle could have left Rooney with serious injuries.

Rooney and Bardsley (29) were team-mates at United between 2003 and 2008, before Bardsley left Old Trafford for Sunderland and then Stoke City.

The video, obtained by The Sun, shows the pair bump boxing gloves before a friend calls "ding ding" for the bout to begin, with Rooney wearing socks on the tiled floor

The pair are seen circling each and trading punches, weaving as they hold their hands up to guard their faces.

After Rooney throws two left jabs and a right punch the "fight" intensifies. As Bardsley steps in and the pair start grappling a voice calls "whoa, whoa" in an attempt to cool things down.

Grapple

They push each other away and grapple again, throwing heavier punches, Rooney landing a left hook on Bardsley's jaw.

But after breaking apart again Rooney holds his left arm out straight, only for Bardsley to catch him with a clean left.

Rooney's head rocks back, his feet go out from under him and he lands with a thud. A voice shouts "ooohhh", before there is nervous laughter as the England captain lies out cold and the footage ends.

The Sun said the incident happened on February 22, when it claimed Rooney's wife Coleen was away on holiday with their sons.

Rooney delivered his own knock-out punch yesterday during Manchester United's match against Tottenham Hotspur. After scoring United's third goal, he ran towards the corner flag and punched the air like a boxer before falling to the turf, arms outstretched.

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