Written by Tommy Twinkle

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

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No.10 football shirt

A recent offer by the owner of the No.10 England shirt worn by Geoff Hurst during the '66 World Cup Final of allowing it to be displayed in the tunnel of Wembley in the hope that it will inspire players to perform better as they run out onto the pitch has sadly been declined by FIFA due to insurance concerns - the famous red shirt has an estimated value of £2.3m.

"The idea is a good one," admitted a FIFA spokesman, "but the problem is that any article of clothing worn by an earlier England soccer hero likely to inspire today's players is going to be worth so much money that we'd have to decline the offer for the same reason as we have with the Geoff Hurst shirt."

"Fabio is hoping to track down the socks worn by Sir Alf Ramsey during the '66 final and so possibly the cost of insuring them would be more acceptable to us though I doubt we'd be agreeable to him removing his shoes during a match to give players a proper view of them. Frankly the way things are looking I think it's more likely we'll be taking up Emile Heskey's offer of donating his boots for us to display in the tunnel."

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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