World Cup WAGs line up to back Coleen Rooney 3-1 in battle with Rebekah Vardy

Annie Kilner, Fern Hawkins and Gemma Acton are team Rooney while Megan Davison is team Vardy (Image: SplashNews.com)

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Nine glamorous WAGS pose for a paparazzi pic outside a restaurant during the 2018 Russia World Cup.

Little did they know that four years on they would end up at the centre of the showbiz trial of the decade – with Rebekah Vardy accused of lying over her denials that she set up the photo op.

The Sunday Mirror turned Wagatha Christie to find three of the women – Annie Kilner, Fern Hawkins and Gemma Acton – appear to be supporting Coleen Rooney in her libel battle with Rebekah.

Only Megan Davison is said to be backing Rebekah. The other four are apparently on the fence.

Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy
(Image: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A source said: “This picture divided the women at the time with some thinking it was completely unnecessary. Now it’s only reinforcing many of their support for Coleen.”

Annie, fiancée of Manchester City star Kyle Walker, refused to comment to the Sunday Mirror, but she previously said she was team Coleen.

In 2020 it was reported that Rebekah was angry with her for backing Coleen and sent her a furious message.

And on day three of last week’s hearing at the High Court it emerged Fern, Manchester United defender Harry Maguire’s fiancée, was furious about the pic.

In texts revealed this week the ­FA’s family liaison officer, Harpreet Robertson said: “Fern later expressed her upset to me. She said she was embarrassed and had not expected to be put in that position by Mrs Vardy.”

(Image: PA)

It also previously emerged Rebekah was furious about Fern liking Coleen’s post accusing her of leaking stories.

In one text in October 2019 she asks her agent to message the women who appear to be supporting Coleen, but it is unclear who she is referring to.

She said: “Jesus Christ I hope she’s f***ing happy now. I can’t sit back and let her get away with this. I’m getting so much abuse, people who I thought were my friends are turning on me.”

Gemma, wife of Bournemouth’s Gary Cahill, also seems to be team Coleen, following her and not Becky on Instagram. She did not respond to requests for comment. Megan, wife of Everton’s Jordan Pickford, follows Rebekah on Instagram but not Coleen. She did not respond to requests for comment.

Millie Savage, girlfriend of Man City defender John Stone, and Annabel Peyton, engaged to Stoke goalie Jack Butland, 25, follow both Coleen and Becky on the social media app.

Marcus Rashford’s girlfriend Lucia Loi follows neither while Shannon Horlock, girlfriend of Burnley goalie Nick Pope, is not on social media.

Last week mum-of-five Rebekah said she did not tip off photographers when quizzed by Coleen’s lawyer David Sherborne.

The FA and England players had also complained about the shot, it was claimed. Rebekah said her memory of the night of the photo had been affected by “drinking quite a bit”.

But Mr Sherborne said: “You can’t get your story straight because you’re lying.”

Coleen, 35, smirked and poked husband Wayne in the arm.

It is alleged Rebekah’s agent had already messaged to say she had arranged a photographer for the night.

Rebekah reportedly replied: “We may have to walk to restaurant from hotel now… so might be a good pic of us.”

The agent said: “Don’t forget to take a group shot.” In another message, Rebekah said: “F***, made everyone go outside for a pic and pap was there… Looks like I tipped him off. Girls have asked me to put it on Insta, so quick, get them out – they want me to put it up before the pap puts his in.”

Posting it on Instagram would have made the photographer’s image practically worthless as it would have been freely available

She last week told the court: “If I had intentionally arranged the picture… I would quite happily admit that I had.”

The trial continues.