AS a former England striker, he’s experienced the inevitable joy and pain of football.
But Peter Crouch says one of his most galling experiences of the beautiful game came courtesy of his wife Abbey Clancy.
Speaking to the Radio Times, he said he hired a giant festival screen to watch the World Cup, only to find it hijacked by one of her favourite TV shows, Love Island.
Peter, who’s preparing for his BBC show, Crouchy’s Year Late Euros: Live, said: “I’m not into reality TV but Abbey loves it. I hired one of the huge screens from the Isle of Wight festival to watch the 2018 World Cup in the garden.
“It was great until England got knocked out and Abbey insisted on watching Love Island on it. How soul destroying was that?
“The World Cup final is on and I’m watching Love Island on the biggest telly you’ve ever seen. That was a low point in my life.”
I’m sure there are plenty of blokes up and down the country who’ve had a similar experience
Olly: I'm back for Mur
OLLY Murs is thrilled to be returning to Soccer Aid this year, alongside James Arthur, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.
But a dodgy knee means this could be his last appearance. Olly said: “I have to go out with a bang. I have to win.”
Alex Scott and Maya Jama will be presenters for the match on September 4.
Time for Asians in Three Lions
HE’S got one of the most diverse England squads ever but Gareth Southgate wants more players of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage in the ranks.
The England manager talks about his ambition in a new documentary, Raise Your Game With Gareth Southgate, streaming on YouTube.
He says: “We have to make sure that the game is accessible because we’re missing out on talent, we’re missing out on young people from different communities having a great opportunity in life.
“There are more young Asian people playing than ever before and we’re starting to see some players come through the professional academies. We need some role models to show people that it’s possible.
“The diversity on the pitch has changed enormously since I played for England.
“There are lots of people who can watch the team and see people who look like them playing, and I think that helps them relate to the team.”
Ashley hits back at abuse
AFTER winning a Bafta for their Black Lives Matter-themed dance on Britain’s Got Talent, Diversity stars Ashley Banjo and brother Jordan were hit by more online abuse.
Trolls were fired up by them receiving the gong for must-see moment of the year and branded their win “disgusting”, saying: “They only won because of the colour of their skin.”
Which is further proof of what Ashley said when he accepted the award on Sunday. He said: “I have to say thank you to the people who complained, to the people who put that abuse out there online, because you showed the truth.
“You showed exactly why this performance and this moment was necessary.”
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