England stars must wear official underpants throughout Euro 2012
There are many great perks to representing your country – the chance to play football in magnificent stadiums, the prospect of testing your skills against the best in the world and, of course, the opportunity to have St George’s chainmail and WWII helmets photoshopped on to you by The Sun newspaper.
But do the benefits come any better than getting free pairs of pants?
England back-up goalkeeper John Ruddy seems mightily impressed with the prospect anyway.
He said: “I’ve received instructions from the FA. All I’ve been told to take is boots, gloves, trainers, a few casual clothes and toiletries. They’re providing underwear for us. The way you get looked after is second to none.”
Happy days. Everyone loves a freebie, even millionaire footballers. Given Roy Hodgson’s old school approach to the game we can only assume it is out with the fancy Calvin Kleins and in with the trusty Y-front.
Perhaps England are simply trying to save money on luggage charges on the plane journey over, but we believe that the threadbare inventory that Roy has written up for the Three Lions clearly indicates a no-frills 4-4-2 starting line-up for the game against France.
Like the humble Y-front, it is the rudimentary, unremarkable but effective approach to ensuring all the crucial components stay exactly where they should.