Wagatha trial: Rooney brands Jamie a ‘bottler’ for not taking witness stand

“Win or lose she comes out of this dreadfully and it’s all clearly been a terrible mistake. “She never wants to be part of the British Wag scene again — she’s keen to be out of the country as fast as possible.”

Wagatha trial: Rooney brands Jamie a ‘bottler’ for not taking witness stand

Embattled wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy Rebekah Vardy will quit the UK with footballer husband Jamie in the wake of her disastrous Wagatha Christie libel trial.


The couple plan a move to the US regardless of the result.


Former England forward Wayne Rooney also furiously branded Vardy a “bottler” as the former England team-mates’ Wagatha Christie fallout erupted again.


Three Lions legend Rooney claimed the Leicester City striker chickened out of giving evidence himself in court. 


A source told The Sun: “Wayne feels Jamie bottled it by not going on to the witness stand and saying what he wanted to say under oath. 


 “That way he could have been cross-examined like Wayne was on the truth of what he was saying.
“Instead he just said whatever he wanted outside court and disappeared with Becky — who the court was later told felt unwell.” 


Rooney told the hearing that he had asked Vardy to get his spouse to “calm down” during Euro 2016 amid concerns from then-manager Roy Hodgson that she was becoming a distraction.


He said: “ Vardy had a can of Red Bull and I had a coffee and I remember the conversation I had with him because it was such an awkward moment.”
Giving evidence on Tuesday in support of wife Coleen, he insisted under cross-examination: “I’m sat here under oath. I, 100 per cent, spoke to Mr Vardy. I don’t know if he told his wife or not.”


However Vardy, staring at him from a few yards away, then issued a statement outside court claiming “Wayne is talking nonsense” and suggested his former skipper “must be confused”.
The Vardys left the hearing after Rooney’s 28-minute stint in the witness box and proceedings were paused yesterday ahead of the lawyers’ closing speeches today.


Sources close to Jamie and Rebekah — who brought the case but has appeared upset and emotional on several occasions — say the couple are now plotting a move to the States.


A source said: “The trial has been a total disaster, and really miserable for the family. She’s mortified.
"They’ve been planning an American move for a while behind the scenes, and now it would be the perfect escape after everything that has gone on. She wants out fast. 


“Win or lose she comes out of this dreadfully and it’s all clearly been a terrible mistake.
“She never wants to be part of the British Wag scene again — she’s keen to be out of the country as fast as possible.”


Her husband, expected to line up against Chelsea tonight, has been in scintillating goal-scoring form since the trial began and has a contract with Leicester until 2023.


However he has invested in Rochester NY FC — a New York State-based Major League Soccer club — which could see him playing out the final part of his stellar career across the Atlantic.