World Cup striker Jermain Defoe faces phone drive trial

Image caption, Jermain Defoe's goal took the England team in to the last 16

An England World Cup footballer is to go on trial accused of using a mobile phone while driving.

Jermain Defoe, 27, of Cuffley, Hertfordshire, denies using a BlackBerry while driving a Range Rover in Loughton, Essex, last October.

A district judge in Chelmsford said Mr Defoe would stand trial before magistrates in Witham on 26 August.

Mr Defoe scored a winning goal against Slovenia on Wednesday to earn England a last-16 tie against Germany on Sunday.

The England and Tottenham Hotspur striker was not in court for the case management hearing that heard his name had been misspelt on a court list.

He was charged after being stopped by a police officer on October 2.

Austin Stoton, acting for Mr Defoe, told District Judge David Cooper the footballer was a "man of very firm conviction" and was entering a "firm not guilty plea".

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