Manchester United defender in hot tub drama

England's Chris Smalling. (PA Wire)
England's Chris Smalling. (PA Wire)
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Firefighters were called to the home of Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling after his hot tub caught fire.

An electrical fault may have led to a blaze in the garden of the player’s home in Bowdon, Altrincham.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said a crew from Altrincham Fire Station had attended after police initially reported the blaze.

It added: “There was nobody in the house at the time of the incident.”

Watch manager Stuart France said: “Police were in the area when they spotted smoke and reported a fire to our control centre. When we arrived it was quite a large fire involving a Jacuzzi and decking, which could have easily become something more serious.

“The police officers who were at the scene used a garden hose on the fire and when we arrived we extinguished it using a hose reel.

“The most likely cause was an accidental electrical fault.”

Smalling, 25, had earlier posted a message and photograph on his Instagram account suggesting he was enjoying a poker night with friends.

It read: “Lads Night! #pokernight #championsleague.”