Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney and his fiancée Coleen Mcloughlin are expected to get married later today.

The couple are currently in the Italian Riviera and media reports suggest they will tie the knot later on Thursday.

The ceremony is expected to take place at the Villa Durazzo, the same location as singer Rod Stewart's wedding to Penny Lancaster last year.

Rooney and McLoughlin grew up in the same area of Liverpool and met when they were just 12 years old before starting to date when they were 16.

Reports claim the couple are set to spend around £5 million on their big day.

Half of the cost is thought to be covered by OK! magazine, though, after securing exclusive rights to the wedding.

A number of Rooney's team-mates are expected at the ceremony and Irish boy band Westlife are believed to be performing.

12/06/2008 09:12:16