Former England captain Wayne Rooney has been banned from driving for two years after pleading guilty to drink driving.

The Everton and former Manchester United star was also ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.

Rooney apologised for his “unforgivable lack of judgement” after admitting the charge. The court heard he was almost three times the legal limit.

The 31-year-old said: “I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgement in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong.

“I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career.

“Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.”

Rooney was stopped by police on a night out while his pregnant wife and their three sons were on holiday.

Rooney was driving a woman’s black Volkswagen Beetle in Wilmslow, Cheshire, when he was stopped at 2am on September 1. He was later arrested and bailed.

A breathalyser test showed his alcohol level was 104 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath. The drink-drive limit in England and Wales is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.

On Monday he entered his guilty plea at Stockport Magistrates’ Court.

Rooney has been married to his high-school sweetheart Coleen since 2008 and they have three children together. Mrs Rooney recently announced she is pregnant with their fourth child.