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Former England football star Paul Gascoigne will appear in court today charged with drink-driving.

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Wayne Rooney was exploited when the teenage prodigy signed his first commercial contract, the boss of the players' union told a court today.

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Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, will give evidence in a £4.3 million lawsuit against Wayne Rooney today.

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