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Trevor Francis’s son charged with burglary of former England star

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Trevor Francis's son has been charged with burgling former England star Lee Hendrie.

24-year-old James Francis stands accused of breaking into a property on Hendrie's £1.7 million estate in Warwickshire. He has been bailed before magistrates in Leamington Spa, and will appear in court on January 11.

Hendrie was living in another of his properties in Solihull at the time of the break-in in July, which concerned a cottage close to the main six-bedroom house in the village of Rowington that was being used as a storage room.

James Francis has tried to follow in the footsteps of his famous father Trevor - famously, Britain's first £1 million footballer - as he tried to make it in professional football. He has had spells at clubs including Kidderminster Harriers, Halesowen Town and Solihull.

Former Aston Villa star Hendrie, now 34, recently signed for Kidderminster Harriers himself after a chequered career. He has played everywhere from Blackpool to Indonesia, and earned one England cap at senior level: a 13-minute appearance as a substitute against the Czech Republic in 1998.

He bought the property in question, Finwood Lawn, for £1.6m back in 2006, but it has been up for sale for £1.7m for several months.

Given that nugget of information we decided to look the house up on a popular property website, and were delighted to discover that, in true "Footballers' Wives" style, it has a pool table in the dining room, an indoor swimming pool and a fully-kitted out pub in the cellar. You can ogle the pictures right here and here.

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