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Vinnie Jones: Monster Munch aside, I don't miss England

Vinnie Jones Photo: GIMINI/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Film star Vinnie Jones has branded England "past its sell-by date" and said that it has opened its doors to too many immigrants in a wide-ranging interview with the Radio Times.

The Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels actor said he is much happier living in Los Angeles and that he could never be tempted back.

There's nothing to come back to here. To me, England is past its sell-by date. It's not the country I grew up in. It's a European country now.

If someone blindfolded you and put you on a plane in LA, and you landed at Heathrow and they took it off, you wouldn't have a clue where you were

Asked whether he might make a poster boy for Ukip, the British actor replied: "You what?...I'm not familiar with them."

Los Angeles - where Vinnie calls home Credit: REUTERS/Fred Prouser

"I play golf six days a week, and I've still got my football team, the Hollywood All-Stars. Those are my two main things."

The former Wimbledon and Wales footballer, who was known for his aggression on the football pitch, dismissed suggestions that he must at least miss the British sense of humour - and baked beans.

We can get all that in LA, though you sometimes have to pay through the roof for it. A bottle of Ribena is 14 dollars.

But I get my Walkers crisps delivered once a month. I have a box of Roast Chicken, a box of Salt and Vinegar, and a box of Monster Munch...And there's more Premier League football on TV there than there is here.

Vinnie Jones and Tanya Jones at the 7th Annual BritWeek Festival Launch Party Credit: GIMINI/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Jones also said that his football background gave him cachet in Hollywood.

People say, 'What's it like working with [Sylvester] Stallone, and all that?' But I'll tell you something. Americans are crazy about sport. [Basketball star] Kobe Bryant is bigger than Brad Pitt. Even the President wants to shoot hoops with Kobe Bryant. So, that gives me massive credibility. Massive.

Nic Cage said to me, 'Hey man, I didn't know you were a pro soccer player, that's awesome.' It means I'm going in on an even keel with them.

Asked about today's football matches and players rolling around in apparent agony following negligible contact with another player, he replied: "Yeah, well, that rolling around, that's the foreign players.

"I said it all 15 years ago, that diving would creep in, and also that the England team would suffer, because none of these foreign managers would buy English players. It's all happening, just like I said it would."