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Former England star jumps into river to save dog

Monday, 12th September 2011

One lucky pooch was no doubt thankful to be munching on dog food and lazing on a dog bed after being rescued by its former footballer owner.

Trevor Steven, who played for Rangers and Everton during his career, jumped into the River Clyde after his German Shepherd, Mac, fell 15 ft into the river down an embankment, reports the Daily Record.

He told the news provider: "I didn't really have any choice as Mac had fallen down the slope and he would have been swept away.

"I never felt that my life was in danger but I was really worried about Mac, as he is old now and has problems with his back legs, which is what led to him slipping down the bank."

Friends walking with Mr Steven called the emergency services and they arrived on the scene to rescue the footballer and his pet pooch.

Nadirha, Mr Steven's proud wife, thanked the Hamilton Fire Brigade for saving her husband and dog.