Owen Hargreaves had his £50,000 black Jaguar stolen by thieves after they managed to pinch the keys through his letterbox.
The robbers managed to hook the keys to the vehicle with a fishing rod through his front door and then drove off.
According to The Sun, the theft took place at the 38-year-old’s £2.5million six-bedroom home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire last month.
The car’s tracking system enabled police to locate the vehicle before it was recovered just a day later in Luton.
A source told The Sun:
“It was catch of the day for them.
‘They put a fishing rod through the letterbox and hooked the car keys from a table in the hallway.
‘It was as easy as shooting fish in a barrel.”
Hargreaves enjoyed a successful playing career and won the Champions League twice with Manchester United and Bayern Munich as well as domestic titles with both clubs.
Now a regular face on BT Sport’s Premier League and European coverage, Hargreaves also won 42 England caps.
A Hertfordshire Police spokeswomen added: ‘Police are investigating a theft of a motor vehicle in Harpenden.
‘Between 10am on Friday, May 10 and 8.25am on Monday, May 13, a black Jaguar was stolen from the driveway of a property.
‘The vehicle was found in Luton on Monday, May 13 and recovered.
‘There have been no arrests and inquiries continue.’