Former Premier League footballer Lee Hendrie declared bankrupt

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Former England and Sheffield United footballer Lee Hendrie has been declared bankrupt after failing to repay a debt of more than £200,000.

A petition for bankruptcy was brought against the midfielder by HM Revenue and Customs on December 19, the High Court was told.

The 34-year-old, who did not attend the hearing in London, owed a total of £235,808.73.

Mrs Registrar Derrett heard that there had been no contact from Hendrie, no letters had been returned and no payments made. She said that she was making the bankruptcy order “in the absence of any contact”.

Hendrie, who has also played for Aston Villa, Leicester and Blackpool, is now signed with Kidderminster Harriers.

He reportedly earned £24,000 a week at the height of his career. The former Premier League player, who won his only England cap in 1998 against the Czech Republic, has homes in Solihull, West Midlands, and Rowington, Warwickshire.

He was signed for Bandung FC in Indonesia last year on a two-year contract but returned before the end of 2011.

Hendrie, who is the son of a professional Scottish footballer, joined the Blades in 2007 from Aston Villa on a three year contract but suffered mixed fortunes with the Sheffield club.

His early career at Bramall Lane was dogged by injuries and he struggled to make an impression. By February 2008 he had been moved to Leicester City in an emergency loan deal and returned to Sheffield, only to go on loan to Blackpool.

After his return to Sheffield, he moved to Derby County in September 2009.