Only one England player has heard of Morrissey

Everton left-back Leighton Baines has admitted he is the only member of the England squad who has heard of The Smiths' famous frontman Morrissey, after the team came across the singer in a hotel lobby in Miami.

Everton left-back Leighton Baines was one of only two England players to recognise Morrissey.
Everton left-back Leighton Baines was the only England player to recognise Morrissey. Credit: PA

Baines, who is a big fan of the singer, spotted him in the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami during England's week-long stay there this week and plucked up the courage to approach his idol.

Morrissey wished him and the team good luck for the World Cup in Brazil, but Baines admitted that the rest of the players were not so impressed with his star spot, as only coach Gary Neville had heard of the singer.

"I was one of the few in the squad who actually knew who he was, which was disappointing enough," the 29-year-old said. "I was the only who went over."

“We kept it really brief," he added. "I had to get really geed up just to go over and say hello to him. I don’t think anyone else in the squad even recognised him.

“Oh, Gaz Nev (Roy Hodgson's assistant Gary Neville) did, but that was it. I knew he’d played the night before and that he had a couple of gigs coming up, so I mentioned those and he wished us good luck.”

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