The wife of Premier League footballer Emile Heskey was threatened at knifepoint by robbers who ransacked their home.

The Wigan Athletic and England striker’s mansion in Hale, Cheshire, was targeted in broad daylight by two men while he was at a training session.

The 30-year-old’s two young children were also in the house as the raiders stole a number of items before they took the keys to the family’s BMW and made their escape.

A Wigan Athletic spokesman said: “We can confirm that there was an incident at Emile Heskey’s home.

”Thankfully no-one was hurt. The matter is being handled by the police and the player does not wish to comment any further.”

Police were called to the address at around 10.45am on Wednesday July 16 following reports of a burglary.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Officers discovered a woman had been threatened at knifepoint after two men broke into the address.

”The men escaped with a number of items in a stolen BMW.

”Inquiries are continuing.”

Anyone with any information on the burglary should call the Volume Crime Unit on 0161 856 7553 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.