16 May 19
The Scottish Sun
HE’S spent the past 25 years discussing the world’s top footballers – praising and criticising them in equal measure as he brings the scores the nation.
But Jeff Stelling doesn’t think the likes of Harry Kane should be receiving honours.
In an exclusive interview, Jeff said said: ‘My view is that honours should always go to people that do something special in different walks of life’
The Soccer Saturday host says the England captain should not have got an MBE for his performances at the World Cup last summer.
In an exclusive interview, he said: “My view is that honours should always go to people that do something special in different walks of life.
“The line should be drawn so there are no footballers. I’ve got nothing against players because a lot of them do great charity work without any publicity.
“Reward them for that by all means, but not for playing the sport that they are well- rewarded for in the first place.”
Jeff is certainly someone who should be in line for an honour of his own.
Prince William pins an MBE on to Harry Kane’s suit at Buckingham Palace — but Jeff Stelling believes top players should not get gongs
As well as his brilliant hosting of his must-watch Soccer Saturday show, he goes above and beyond for charity.
In September, he will be walking four marathons in four countries in four days, all for the charity Prostate Cancer UK, which launched its ‘Men, we are with you’ campaign this week.
He will hopefully be joined some of his telly pals — including Paul Merson and Charlie Nicholas.
And Jeff hopes that as well as doing the monster trek, he has a few more years with them on the telly show, too.
Soccer Saturday host Jeff with the team including Paul Merson, third from left, and Charlie Nicholas, right
But it may not be down to Jeff. He explains: “It’s not a decision that’s in my hands for two reasons. One, Sky might decide they’ve had enough or, two, in the future there might not be enough Saturday afternoon football to maintain it.”
For myself and millions of other football fans, Saturday afternoons just wouldn’t be the same without Jeff at the helm.
To find out more about Jeff’s March for Men challenge, go to marchformen.org.
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Amanda is off her box
Amanda Holden looks a little cut up after being cut in half by BGT hopeful magician Dan Rhodes
BRITAIN’S Got Talent judge Amanda Holden will be seen getting legless on the show tomorrow night.
She gets up on stage to help a young magician, Dan Rhodes, who persuades her to lie down in large cardboard box during the ITV show which is airing at 8pm.
Amanda looks none too thrilled about climbing inside – and even more so when he shuts her in and produces an electric saw.
After hilariously “chopping her in half”, the show ends with Dan magically “putting her back together again”.
The audience will still be in pieces, though.
Amanda seems to be ‘Holden’ it together as magician Dan prepares to get cutting
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WHAT? Puppy School, Channel 4, 8pm.
WHY? New dog owners – including Laura from Cornwall and her lovely Newfoundland puppy – learn how to navigate puppy parenthood, with the help of experts.
Jack on right track
Former pro-footballer Jack Fowler, who was on the ITV show last summer, is launching a bid to become a pop star
LOVE Island transformed Amber Davies from reality star to West End wonder, but I don’t think it will repeat the feat with Jack Fowler.
The former pro-footballer, who was on the ITV show last summer, is launching a bid to become a pop star. And he is hoping his debut single will be played on the upcoming series.
Jack has even turned to his agent, Blue singer Simon Webb, for help in delivering the hip-hop track.
A source said: “Jack has recorded his first song. There’s a few references to the villa in the tune and he’s planning to release it before the new series of Love Island.”
It comes after co-star Wes Nelson told The Sun he is in talks to launch a music career.
There is more chance of me getting to No1.
EMMERDALE and I’m A Celeb campmate Adam Thomas spent three hours in A&E after he dropped a 50kg weight on his face as he worked out at the gym this week. Luckily, he emerged relatively unscathed.
[boxout headline=”LIAR TWO ADDS TO CAST” featured-image=”4252727″ intro=”KATHERINE KELLY’s addition to the cast of Liar has made the second series one of the this year’s most eagerly-awaited programmes.”]Now I can reveal two more familiar faces are joining the ex-Corrie star and regulars Ioan Gruffudd and Joanne Froggatt in the hit ITV thriller.
Howard Charles and Sam Spruell have also been spotted on set.
Howard recently starred alongside Kate Beckinsale in ITV’s The Widow, but is best known as Porthos in the BBC’s The Three Musketeers. Sam was in Luther alongside Idris Elba.
It’s not yet clear exactly what roles the pair will be playing in Liar, as the creators have been very tight-lipped – particularly when it comes to the new characters who’ll feature when the programme returns in the autumn.
I think I might have died of anticipation by then.[/boxout]
THE GMB weathergirl LAURA TOBIN yelled “f***” live on air yesterday as she delivered her report. But you can hardly blame her – she was dangling 500ft off the ground at the top of Blackpool Tower.
[boxout headline=”SOAPBOX” featured-image=”4252748″]THINGS get passionate in Walford as Kat and Kush act on their chemistry. The EASTENDERS pair fall into each other’s arms when Kush gets jealous seeing Kat with another man.
Meanwhile, Mel gets cosy with Max while Jack is on a date with Denise.
On CORONATION STREET, with the cops keen to question Nick more about the factory roof collapse and Natalie making sly digs about her boss, David is jittery. The brothers talk through the issue at the barber’s but neither can think of a way to explain that £30,000 cash boost.[/boxout]
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