‘I didn’t know who he was!’ – Declan Rice wants Chesney Hawkes to reach no1 after England World Cup impact



eclan Rice needs pop singer Chesney Hawkes to achieve no1 within the charts once more after he sang ‘The One and Solely’ at half-time within the 3-0 win over Wales.

The one-hit marvel met the Group B winners after the match at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, the place he wore an England shirt with Rice’s identify and quantity on the again.

The West Ham midfielder admitted he didn’t know who Hawkes was however did know his music and is prepared it to return to no1 after listening to of his affect.

He additionally thinks that Hawkes might turn into the group’s fortunate mascot as they put together to face Senegal within the last-16.

“We’ve bought to get him to the video games, we gained one comfortably with him there so we’ll get him singing ‘The One and Solely’ at each half-time and hopefully we’ll get him again to primary as nicely,” Rice stated at England’s Al Wakrah coaching base on Thursday.

Chesney Hawkes watched England’s win over Wales in a Declan Rice shirt after performing

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“I knew the music however I really didn’t know who he was – that’s me talking truthfully.

“After he has a extremely acquainted face, it’s humorous as a result of I walked into the altering room and one of many equipment males advised me Chesney Hawkes was exterior with my shirt on – I used to be like ‘I don’t know who he’s!’

“Then I noticed he had the Rice shirt on and after the sport I went and spoke to him and gave him a hug and I heard he carried out at half-time and it was actually good so yeah, me and Chesney are buddies now!”

Like Hawkes, England supervisor Gareth Southgate was praised for his half-time affect by switching Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden to reverse flanks earlier than they scored the objectives to defeat Wales within the second half.

Southgate missed Hawkes on Tuesday evening because of his media duties however referred to as the next day to congratulate him for his efficiency in Qatar.

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