Ben Foden arrested in criminal damage inquiry

Ben Foden
Image caption Foden has won 15 caps for England

England rugby player Ben Foden has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

Officers were called after reports of an altercation in Old Park Lane, central London, at 0330 BST on Monday.

Police said a 25-year-old man had been arrested for criminal damage and a 23-year-old man had been arrested for theft. Both have been bailed.

Foden's club side, Northampton Saints, said it was carrying out its own inquiry.

Foden was arrested after playing in Northampton's 39-3 Premiership victory over Wasps on Sunday.

Six Nations

In a statement, the club said: "Northampton Saints takes any such allegations very seriously and is conducting its own investigation to ascertain all the facts of the alleged incident.

"The club is working with Ben Foden and his representatives, the Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby and will continue to do so during the investigation process."

The former Sale Sharks player has become a regular for England over the last year and played all five games of this year's winning Six Nations campaign.

He scored the only try in England's 17-9 victory over France at Twickenham last month.

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