WAYNE Rooney could soon get a wool-earned night’s sleep by counting sheep — as his neighbours want permission to keep a flock of 1,000 genetically modified lambs.

Brighouse Farms — next door to the ex-England footballer’s £20million Cheshire mansion — has revealed plans for two sheds with a combined floor size of 1,886 square metres.

In plans submitted to the council, the expert breeders include a “dark-room laboratory” for artificial insemination to genetically modify their flock to “realise desired traits” for farmers.

Ironically Rooney — who needs to listen to the sound of a Hoover to get to sleep — is a player-coach at Derby County, known as the Rams.

Cheshire East Council is to decide on the application next month.

Wayne's wife Coleen is preparing for her legal battle against Rebekah Vardy at the High Court.

When the Wags do eventually go to court, a judge will decide whether Coleen, 34, libelled Becky when she accused her of leaking stories about the Rooneys.

A source said: “Coleen thinks it’s laughable. She is confident and is certainly not dragging her heels.

“Coleen changed her legal team and they are compiling the evidence and preparing to put forward the strongest case possible.

“Coleen has said she won’t be bullied by strong-arm tactics, nor will she back down. Becky’s team are trying to flex their muscles. But they wanted a fight so Coleen’s going to bring them one.”

A spokesman for Coleen, wife of ex-England skipper Wayne, did not respond to a request for comment.

The Sun told on Saturday how Becky, wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, 33, wants an interim hearing later this year.

Coleen was nicknamed Wagatha Christie after she went on Twitter to say her investigations proved stories leaked to the Press about her originated from Becky’s Instagram account. Becky vehemently denied it.

An attempt at mediation failed after Becky asked for a full public apology.

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