Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'He's the Future King of England and I've Just Done a Stupid Dance in Front of Him - It's All a Bit Surreal'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'He's the Future King of England and I've Just Done a Stupid Dance in Front of Him - It's All a Bit Surreal'

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

They are used to being the stars of the show, but when the future King of England turns up to watch you train, even England's high-profile internationals are capable of getting starstruck.

Mouths dropped open, embarrassed looks were disguised and nervous sniggers shared, but, for a brief moment at least, the superstars of English football looked and behaved like anyone else in the presence of royalty.

Having recently become the new president of the FA, Prince William has become an increasingly visible figure at major football events, but few expected the pretender to the throne to take time away from his official engagements to deliver a pep talk to England's World Cup squad at their training camp just outside Manchester.

And, this time, it was the turn of some of England's best known celebrities to use words like "incredible" and "amazing" when it came to describing the experience of meeting one of the world's most recognisable figureheads.

"It was good to see him," said Frank Lampard, who knows the Kings Road in Chelsea well enough, but had never previously had the luxury of an in-depth conversation with a member of the Royal Family.

"I have to say, I'm very impressed with him. The man that he is, I say man and he is younger than me, but the responsibility he has and the way he carries himself, I've a lot of respect for him. The ease with which he spoke to the lads was incredible, he looks like he is going to be a very special man indeed."

For his part, the Prince appears to be as engrossed as the rest of us in the 'will he or won't he' Wayne Rooney fitness saga. Unfortunately, just like the rest of us, the Prince was unable to get anything more out of the injured Manchester United striker about his chances of playing in the World Cup than a "I hope so."

But if there was plenty of polite small talk, there was also genuine banter between the young man who will one day become the figure head of a nation and the young men who have a nation's World Cup dreams and aspiration at their feet ( particularly when, after some persuasion from his teammates, Peter Crouch was cajoled into another rendition of his robot dance celebration. …

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