Wayne Rooney has been lazing by the pool while noshing on chicken nuggets and sipping champagne in a bid to recover from his ankle injury. The England striker is expected to make a full recovery in time to play at the Manchester derby on November 10 and for England’s friendly against France the following week.

Rooney and his wife Coleen have been living it up in 36C heat at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai where the 25 year old Manchester United star celebrated his birthday on Sunday.

The holiday was also to celebrate Rooney’s new pay deal with, Manchester United, believed to be worth £200,000 a week. The deal was negotiated after Rooney threatened to leave the team.

But it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for champion striker and his wife. The Sun reported that Rooney and Coleen argued over dinner in a swanky steak house.

The couple went through a rough patch earlier this year when Rooney’s trysts with a call girl were exposed to the press.

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