Wayne Rooney may have a weekend off from Premier League duties, but he’s been putting in hard graft elsewhere - at a community garden centre.
The former Manchester United striker was spotted working there on Friday as part of his 100-hour community service order for drink driving last month.
The star, who is now on £150,000-a-week with Everton, was driven privately to his shift, near his £6m home in Prestbury, Cheshire.
A source told the M.E.N’s sister title The Mirror: “He doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty and he looked like he was enjoying it.”
Shortly before 9am on Friday morning, he walked into the garden centre for adults with learning difficulties wearing a blue jacket, blue hoodie, matching blue bottoms and black Nike trainers.
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The garden centre is the same venue where former Manchester United team mate Carlos Tevez was ordered to work after he was banned four years ago.
Once there, Rooney, 31, put on a green zip-up fleece, also worn by colleagues, and spent all his time inside.
The ex-England and United skipper has been given routine maintenance tasks as disadvantaged adults around him learn new skills, including plant potting, and woodwork.
Rooney left at 3.04pm and strolled outside to his waiting driver who had been parked for 90 minutes.
After he was sentenced last month, he apologised and added: “I accept the court’s decision and hope I can make amends through my community service.”
Rooney was arrested in the early hours of September 1 as he drove a VW Beetle belonging to Laura Simpson, 29, in the passenger seat.
When stopped by police at 2am, over a faulty tail light, he had 104mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The limit is 35mg.
Rooney pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Stockport Magistrates Court last month.