Date: 10th April 2006 at 9:10pm
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Having to play down a fall-out with David Beckham some time ago, Wayne Rooney has dismissed talk of a rift with England strike partner Michael Owen.

After reports that Rooney has amassed a £700,000 gambling debt, there have been suggestions Rooney is furious with Owen for letting him get sucked so heavily into the betting scene.

Call me ‘old fashioned’ but does anyone MAKE you bet on horses?

A statement from Rooney’s agent reads: ‘Any suggestion of a rift or a dispute between Wayne and Michael is completely without foundation as far as Wayne is concerned.

‘Wayne and Michael remain the best of pals.’

PFA deputy chief executive Mick McGuire is due to speak with Rooney’s advisors to determine the extent of the 20-year-old’s problem.