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Rooney 'proposed at a filling station'
Agence France-Presse, PTI
London, July 04, 2004
First Published: 22:55 IST(4/7/2004)
Last Updated: 22:55 IST(4/7/2004)
England's newest footballing superstar Wayne Rooney has revealed that he proposed to his fiancee Coleen McLoughlin at a filling station.

The 18-year-old from Liverpool who scored four goals in England's Euro 2004 matches is rumoured to be the subject of 50 million pound (91 million dollars) bids from Britain's top clubs, but he assured the News of the World that he was just a normal young man.

Rooney told the paper he had planned a romantic night in a hotel in order to pop the question to Coleen last October.

But the proposal did not go to plan.

"I'd picked it (the ring) up from the jeweller and told her we were going out for a Chinese meal, but we stopped at a BP petrol garage because Coleen had to get the money to pay for the meal.

"When she was getting it, I got the box out of my pocket and had it open. She got back into the car and I asked, Will you marry me?'

"She said, Yes', and we kissed and had a bit of a hug.

"Asking Coleen to marry me was far worse than walking out for England."

Showing the down-to-earth approach praised by his England teammates, Rooney told the paper that they immediately went home and watched a soap opera.

"We didn't bother going for that meal. We rang Coleen's mum and told her to get the dinner on and went back to watch EastEnders."

Rooney said the couple had met two years ago in similarly unromantic circumstances.

"My day came when the chain came off her bike and she was with my cousin Claire. I saw them and stopped to help on my way home. I fixed the chain then asked Coleen if she'd lend me her 'Grease' video.

"When Coleen was out of the way I asked Claire if she'd get Coleen to come on a date with me. I was fed up of asking. This time Coleen said yes."

Their romance blossomed but Rooney said they had not set a date for a wedding.

"We got engaged to show our commitment but we have no date for marriage," he said. "But we want to have children, ideally a boy and a girl, but not for some years yet."

Wayne and Coleen are set to dislodge David Beckham and his pop star wife Victoria as English football's first couple after Beckham had a poor tournament and has seen his image tarnished by accusations of extra-marital affairs.

Rooney's club Everton are battling to hold on to their major asset in the face of reported interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.


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