Morrissey wishes England squad good luck ahead of World Cup

The former Smiths singer was staying in same hotel as team in Miami and spoke to Leighton Baines

Morrissey has wished the England team good luck at the World Cup finals in Brazil after bumping into the players in a Miami hotel last week.

England player Leighton Baines revealed the conversation he had with the singer after introducing himself in a hotel the squad were staying in while preparing for this year’s tournament. The defender admitted that he was one of the few players who actually recognised Morrissey and approached him to say hello.

“I had a chat with him. I was a bit nervous about going to speak to him to be honest. I wasn’t sure how it would be received,” Baines told The Mirror. “I was one of the few in the squad who actually knew who he was, which was disappointing enough. I was the only one who went over.”

Admitting that besides himself only coach Gary Neville knew who Morrissey was, Baines continued: “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.” England’s World Cup campaign kicks off on Saturday (June 14) when they face Italy.

Meanwhile, Morrissey was recently forced to cancel a gig in Atlanta, Georgia through ill health as well as postpone a show at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.