Coleen Rooney attempted to knock Rebekah Vardy off the top spot ahead of her return to the UK, claims Peter Shilton’s wife Stephanie.

Stephanie has waded in on their ongoing row to claim that the entire feud was masterminded by the Rooney PR team during a bizarre Facebook post.

The wife of the former England footballer has suggested that it was all a ploy for pastipoker Coleen, 34, to regain popularity in the country and keep her ‘WAG crown’.

Theory: Coleen Rooney attempted to knock Rebekah Vardy off the top spot ahead of her return to the UK, claims Peter Shilton's wife Stephanie

Theory: Coleen Rooney attempted to knock Rebekah Vardy off the top spot ahead of her return to the UK, claims Peter Shilton’s wife Stephanie

Coleen previously accused Rebekah, 38, of selling stories from her private Instagram account to British tabloids last year and announced it on social media.

Stephanie, who referred to herself as ‘granny WAG’ in the impassioned post, shared her theory on the feud in a now-deleted Facebook post.    

She said: ‘I truly suspect that the Rooney’s and their PR team had a plan prior to Wayne’s return to the U.K.

as his reputation was in tatters.

‘I believe top of the list was to mastermind a charity England football match to knock Peter Shilton off being number one cap record holder, enabling Wayne Rooney to be number one cap holder after a 30 year record was held by my Husband!

Feud: Stephanie has waded in on their ongoing row to claim that the entire feud was masterminded by the Rooney PR team during a bizarre Facebook post

Feud: Stephanie has waded in on their ongoing row to claim that the entire feud was masterminded by the Rooney PR team during a bizarre Facebook post

‘Knock the Vardy’s off the number one spotlight in particular Rebecca, I suspect the poor pregnant woman was a sitting target.

‘They are both hugely popular in the industry and Rebecca was probably the most well-known modern WAG.’ 

Stephanie married Peter in November 2016 after he split from his first wife Sue in 2011 after 40 years together. 

In October last year Coleen launched an incredible social media attack on fellow footballer’s wife Rebekah, revealing how she set up an elaborate sting on Instagram to ‘catch’ her leaking fake stories, something which Rebekah vehemently denies. 

Her dramatic revelation enthralled Britain and sparked an angry denial from Rebekah who said ‘I don’t need the money’ and pointed out other people have had access to her Instagram account. 

Having her say! The wife of the former England footballer (pictured) has suggested that it was all a ploy for Coleen, 34, to regain popularity in the country and keep her 'WAG crown'

Having her say! The wife of the former England footballer (pictured) has suggested that it was all a ploy for Coleen, 34, to regain popularity in the country and keep her ‘WAG crown’

The new theory comes following claims Coleen fired her legal team after they told her this week that her case against Rebekah ‘isn’t very strong’ and may have ‘mistakes’. 

Last month, the pair held a video meeting in a last-ditch attempt to avoid a very public and expensive court hearing, yet it ended in a bitter deadlock.

Coleen has now reportedly been told her case against Rebekah ‘isn’t very strong’, leaving things a ‘total mess’.

The mother-of-four is said to be planning on ‘forking out’ on a ‘very expensive’ London legal team who are ‘media and privacy work specialists’. 

According to , a source claimed: ‘Coleen thought it was a total certainty she was in the right. But now she’s been told she may have made some mistakes along the way and is keen to shift the blame to anyone else.

It’s a total mess.

She said: 'I truly suspect that the Rooney's and their PR team had a plan prior to Wayne's return to the U.K. as his reputation was in tatters', Stephanie said (pictured in 2017)

She said: ‘I truly suspect that the Rooney’s and their PR team had a plan prior to Wayne’s return to the U.K.

as his reputation was in tatters’ (pictured in 2017)

‘Along the way, something has been ­hidden from everyone else involved and it could end up costing them the whole case.

‘Coleen still won’t back down — and now she’s decided who to hold responsible, she is planning to fork out big time and hire a very expensive London legal team who are specialists in media and privacy work. She’ll do anything in her power to salvage things.’

It’s claimed that Coleen has not admitted to ‘a crucial detail of her efforts to catch Becky red-handed’.

MailOnline contacted both Coleen and Rebekah’s representatives for comment. 

Bitter: It's claimed that Coleen has not admitted to 'a crucial detail of her efforts to catch Becky red-handed' (pictured together in 2016)

Bitter: It’s claimed that Coleen has not admitted to ‘a crucial detail of her efforts to catch Becky red-handed’ (pictured together in 2016)

Last month, the pair failed to reach a resolution, meaning their dispute could go to the High Court.

A source said: ‘The girls are still no further forward, so it’s now going to have to be heard in court.

‘It’s a shame it has come to this but there is no other way.

Coleen has plenty of evidence and she isn’t frightened to show it.’

The women held an online Alternative Dispute Resolution mediation meeting in May alongside their lawyers in a bid to avoid an expensive court case after racking up legal costs in the ‘five figures’.

It was claimed the wife of Leicester City and England striker Jamie Vardy, threatened to sue Coleen for libel.

Coleen, whose husband Wayne is player-coach at Derby County, is thought to be counter-suing for breach of privacy. 

The statement: In October, Coleen publicly accused Rebekah in an explosive statement of selling fake stories about her, sparking an angry denial from the then-pregnant WAG

The statement: In October, Coleen publicly accused Rebekah in an explosive statement of selling fake stories about her, sparking an angry denial from the then-pregnant WAG

'I don't need the money': Rebekah denied all accusations against her minutes after the post and said she had nothing to gain and had no financial motivation

‘I don’t need the money’: Rebekah denied all accusations against her minutes after the post and said she had nothing to gain and had no financial motivation

The pair’s row began last year, when Coleen revealed details of her investigation into the source of a series of stories about her family, and claimed Becky was responsible for sharing the stories, something she denied. 

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