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Pub staff all change name to Wayne Rooney

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The entire staff at a pub in Yorkshire have changed their names to Wayne Rooney for the duration of the World Cup.

All 15 staff members at the Bay Horse in East Ardsley have changed their names to the England striker, while the pubs owners - Lee and Lorraine Kennedy - have changed their names to that of England manager Fabio Capello.

"The managers wanted to do something so we all sat down and decided to do this," 23-year-old Wayne Rooney, who used to go by the name Joanne Hill, told Sky News.

"It's to show our support for England and show how much we're behind them.

"They (the pub regulars) think it's ace. They shout Wayne and we all turn around. They love it and think it's really funny.

"It has not been a hassle at all - we could change birth certificates and driving licences but because it is only temporary nobody is going to."

All the name changers now have certificates from the UK deed poll service to prove their new identities but they will revert back to their old names when the World Cup ends.

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