Which football stars should follow Harry into the jungle?
It’s the football transfer of the season so far. Legendary manager Harry Redknapp has signed terms to join the line-up of the latest series of ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’ later this autumn.
It got us thinking… if we could pick a dream line-up from the world of football, who should make the cut?
Here are some of our suggestions for starters…
Charm personified in the first few days of jungle life, before both the beard and the conspiracies start to grow.
By week two, the charge sheet would be building up against everyone – before he sets up camp alone and eventually takes his leave around the halfway mark.
We’re calling it now, a sure-fire winner – Crouchy has the wit and self-deprecation to make him a firm favourite to be ‘King of the Jungle’.
Plus he’d be adept at reaching some of the trickier stars in the Bushtucker Trials – instantly winning him the affection of his starving companions.
Sam Allardyce has always said he fancies a crack at managing things in a foreign country, and he’s available – where better to prove his credentials then leading one of the celebrity camps to some crucial Bushtucker victories?
The one snag is the fact he might struggle without his phone, given it usually bursts into life around Christmas.
Every reality show needs an exotic booking, and Ginola would inject a much-needed touch of class of proceedings with the Gallic charm and sophistication required to win over viewers.
Plus as something of a foodie we suspect he’d be a dab hand in the kitchen when left with one kangaroo steak and a bag of rice to feed his campmates.
With his perfect comic timing, Jeff can add some much-needed fun into proceedings – and will happily fill any awkward silences with stats aplenty. The man also surely deserves a mid-season winter break after over 20 years of entertaining the nation on a Saturday lunchtime.
He’d just need to leave Paul Merson his crib sheet before hopping on that plane, then hope for the best…
These reality shows are all about ‘journeys’ and we think football’s ultimate hard man might just show a softer side once thrown into the depths of the Australian forest.
Naturally, you’d back him to play up to his Crazy Gang reputation during the first few days, but has the Hollywood lifestyle turned him soft? Vinnie versus a pit of cockroaches is one midfield battle we’d love to see.
Brady already has reality TV experience through her role on The Apprentice and can bring the organisational skills and acumen needed to make sure the campmates survive their ordeal in the jungle.
She’s also not afraid of telling some hard truths too when needed – which could make for some explosive telly.
A man who sounds like he eats witchetty grubs for pleasure at breakfast time. Out of all the Premier League managers we can think of few better suited to slumming it in the Australian jungle than a manager schooled in lower league scraps. He also wouldn’t flinch once when faced with a coffin full of rats.
Every camp needs a controversial booking to ruffle a few feathers, and Ramos could easily fill the pantomime villain role. Expect him to use intelligence and cunning to negotiate his way through the first trying few weeks of the show.
If the camp is split in two, he’ll be marmite – loved by his campmates, hated by his opponents. And, somehow, he’ll blag his way into the final.
Those long, empty nights in front of the campfire will naturally start to grate on the campmates after the initial novelty has worn off. So we surely need a natural entertainer to complete the camp.
Barnes could rally the troops with his expert rapping skills, and, let’s face it, a nightly rendition of World of Motion would at least help the campmates take their mind off the lack of food – or at least drive them mad. Either way, it’s win-win.
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