Fast bowler will be all-singing as well as all-dancing April 24, 2006

Gough set to appear in football World Cup video

Jenny Thompson



Darren Gough: From king of swinging to king of singing? © BBC

As if Darren Gough isn't busy enough bowling and dancing, now he is set to add singing to his repertoire by appearing in a football World Cup song, Stand up 4 England.

Gough, already familiar with the cameras following his triumphant display in Strictly Come Dancing, will sing a line in an unofficial song by pop punk band Koopa.

"As a keen football fan myself it's exciting to be doing my bit for the World Cup cause - albeit in a small way!" Gough told Cricinfo. "Having played in the Cricket World Cup I know what an honour it is to represent your country and I'm looking forward to seeing England having a good run in Germany."

Filming will go ahead at Essex's ground on Tuesday when Gough will sing the line "Ner, ner, ner, ner" - which could be a prescient statement if he manages to make a comeback for England's one-day side after detractors wrote him off this winter.

Gough himself is confident that his international career isn't over, and says that the winter break - in which he toned up through dancing - has left him fitter than ever, refreshed and raring to go. "I have to stay fit and be up for the challenge and I am," he told The Times newspaper. "I'd love to play in the World Cup."

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