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Wayne Rooney has accepted damages of £100,000 from the publishers of the Sun and the News of the World.

The newspapers alleged the Manchester United striker slapped his fiancee Coleen McLoughlin during a row at a nightclub in Cheshire in April last year.

Rooney always denied the story and will donate the damages to charity.

The 20-year-old player’s solicitors, Schillings, said the damages reflected “the gravity of the libels”, they added.

A statement from the two newspapers said: “With only 58 days to the start of The World Cup, The Sun and The News of The World are pleased to have reached a settlement with Wayne Rooney.

“We can now put this case behind us and focus on a great tournament.

“We wish him and the England team every success in Germany and look forward to welcoming them back with the World Cup trophy.”

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