Football great Ray Wilkins has been charged with drink-driving after being stopped on his way home from a youth player awards ceremony.

The 55-year-old ex-England, Manchester United and Chelsea legend was breathalysed in the early hours just yards from his home in Cobham, Surrey.

Some of those present at the awards ceremony took to Twitter to complain about the Sky TV football pundit's behaviour over the course of the evening.

However, Wilkins' agent has vouched that the claims were untrue.

Mark Earnshaw, one of the awards organisers, maintained: "I've heard from both my football agents who were there at the time and they found him to be a very friendly gentlemen.

"He reacted with the crowd really well and spent a lot of time with the children."

Wilkins had his photograph, fingerprints and DNA taken before being questioned by police.

A Surrey Police spokeswoman said: "A 55-year-old man from Cobham was charged after being arrested for drink-driving on Monday.

"Ray Wilkins, of Cobham, was arrested around 1.50am on Monday. He was interviewed at Reigate police station before being charged and bailed.

"He is due to appear at north Surrey magistrates court on 21 May."

Wilkins is a former England captain and played in 83 games for his country, scoring three goals from midfield.

He spent his time playing in the domestic leagues at Chelsea, Manchester United, Paris St Germain and Inter Milan.