Comedian disrupts England departure

Daily Echo: Comedian Simon Brodkin aka Lee Nelson is moved away from the England party. Comedian Simon Brodkin aka Lee Nelson is moved away from the England party.

England's departure for the World Cup was hit by a moment of farce today when comedian Simon Brodkin gatecrashed the travelling party as the players, including Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw from Saints, arrived at Luton Airport.

Brodkin - best known for his performance as Lee Nelson in two BBC comedy series - was pictured attempting to mingle with England's players and staff as they waited for their luggage to be removed from the coach which had delivered them to a private terminal at the Bedfordshire airport.

Dressed in an identical suit to those worn by the England travelling party and brandishing a passport, Brodkin spent several moments in close proximity to the players before he appeared to be spotted first by captain Steven Gerrard, after which members of security and local police intervened.

Daily Echo: Brodkin poses next to Luke Shaw before being spotted.

Brodkin was spoken to by a police officer before leaving the area. It is not the first time Brodkin has attempted such a stunt. In April 2013, he was given a six-month conditional caution after warming up with the Manchester City team ahead of a match against Everton at Goodison Park the previous month.

He was charged with going on to the playing area, contrary to the Football Offences Act.

Brodkin's antics aside, it was a low-key send-off for the England team as they jetted off to Miami for the next stage of their preparations ahead of the World Cup in Brazil. The squad is due to arrive in the US in the early hours of Monday morning UK time. Their first training session on US soil is slated for Tuesday with their next warm-up match against Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday.

England, fresh from a 3-0 win over Peru at Wembley on Friday night, play a final-warm-up against Honduras on Saturday, before their first group match against Italy in Manaus on June 14. Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad, plus standby players John Stones and John Flanagan, boarded the flight shortly before 2pm, although they were all back out again a short time later as they posed for photographs on the steps of the plane along with the manager.

Daily Echo:

Speaking before boarding the flight, Hodgson said: ''It's going to be a great adventure I think. We're all very excited about it and we got the perfect send-off on Friday night. The crowd was quite magnificent and I think we're profiting from a very positive mood.

''We feel positive, we'll do what we can. There's certainly no trepidation - obviously excitement, but we're aware of our responsibilities, we're carrying a lot of hopes and dreams with us.''

With two friendlies to come ahead of the big kick-off, Hodgson admits the big fear now is injuries - particularly in light of witnessing the World Cup-ending broken leg suffered by Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo in Saturday's friendly with the Republic of Ireland.

''Seeing the game last night at Craven Cottage and seeing Montolivo injured - I'll be very concerned about that,'' he said.

''It's a case of getting everyone on the field of play, giving everyone a chance to at least get some minutes before we go into the tournament itself.''

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4:46pm Sun 1 Jun 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

If the BOARD shortlisted 3 candidates this week and they were (in no particular order)

RONALD KOEMAN
DAVID MOVES
RAFA BENITEZ

Who would you choose and what are the implications for the spending and progress of SFC.

IMO We must have the AMBITION to aim for the Premiership Crown and if we fall short then European Football beckons.

If we aim for Europe only - we sit in the Top Ten- and achieve 6-8th at best. COYR
If the BOARD shortlisted 3 candidates this week and they were (in no particular order) RONALD KOEMAN DAVID MOVES RAFA BENITEZ Who would you choose and what are the implications for the spending and progress of SFC. IMO We must have the AMBITION to aim for the Premiership Crown and if we fall short then European Football beckons. If we aim for Europe only - we sit in the Top Ten- and achieve 6-8th at best. COYR The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 2

5:28pm Sun 1 Jun 14

legod7 says...

Brodkin would be passing himself off a Jason Bent another of his comedy characters.
Brodkin would be passing himself off a Jason Bent another of his comedy characters. legod7
  • Score: 5

5:35pm Sun 1 Jun 14

saintgibbo says...

Do you think Raffia will come after being called a fat spannish waiter the season before last?
Do you think Raffia will come after being called a fat spannish waiter the season before last? saintgibbo
  • Score: 0

5:52pm Sun 1 Jun 14

issacchunt says...

Unlocal news turned into Saints posts????????
Unlocal news turned into Saints posts???????? issacchunt
  • Score: 0

5:52pm Sun 1 Jun 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

IMO Rafa would keep key players - have the pulling power to attact Players that Nigel and Poch were not able to do (Dani is an example of who he knew at Espanyol) and have the vision to move this Club on.

He is a CREDIBLE CHOICE IMO.
IMO Rafa would keep key players - have the pulling power to attact Players that Nigel and Poch were not able to do (Dani is an example of who he knew at Espanyol) and have the vision to move this Club on. He is a CREDIBLE CHOICE IMO. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 16

6:25pm Sun 1 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

Saints trio of stars??? Have I missed something here???
Saints trio of stars??? Have I missed something here??? 03alpe01
  • Score: 3

6:28pm Sun 1 Jun 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

RONALD KOEMAN and a transfer kitty of 50 Million would bring back the smiles to the Players and Fans.

GOOD LUCK TO THE SAINTS CONTINGENT AT WORLD CUP - ADAM AND LUKE
RONALD KOEMAN and a transfer kitty of 50 Million would bring back the smiles to the Players and Fans. GOOD LUCK TO THE SAINTS CONTINGENT AT WORLD CUP - ADAM AND LUKE The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 8

6:41pm Sun 1 Jun 14

costa gaz says...

Benitez coming here is a dream, not a chance in hell, too expensive.

koeman however is red hot fav as low as 8/11, second fav is Sean Dyche 4/1 with some firms and worryingly Steve McClaren

Gross is 6/1 with Bet Victor.
Benitez 40/1 with 365, same as Jurgen Klinsman, Gus Hiddink Mike Phelan and FDB.
Bookies think it's a one horse race, must have taken a few bets to be odds on.
Benitez coming here is a dream, not a chance in hell, too expensive. koeman however is red hot fav as low as 8/11, second fav is Sean Dyche 4/1 with some firms and worryingly Steve McClaren Gross is 6/1 with Bet Victor. Benitez 40/1 with 365, same as Jurgen Klinsman, Gus Hiddink Mike Phelan and FDB. Bookies think it's a one horse race, must have taken a few bets to be odds on. costa gaz
  • Score: 7

6:52pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

Comedian evicted from England plane... Rooney or Woy?
Comedian evicted from England plane... Rooney or Woy? Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: 0

7:48pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Rocket 1 says...

What a Cupid Stunt....
What a Cupid Stunt.... Rocket 1
  • Score: -1

7:50pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Littleton-Saint says...

The words aim at Euro Football; the deeds of failing to impress MoPo and underselling our talisman to Liverpool indicate a recklessness and inability to see the lottery which squad and management change will bring to our fortunes. I am against the Rickie sale, but as long as we hold on to the rest of our best players, buy one or two more top additions and appoint a top manager, then maybe we can achieve a top half finish next season or even more.

However, the deeds of this Board so far, would indicate that further players will be sold this summer - their emphasis on financial prudence would indicate that players of lesser ability will replace the stars sold and a manager who would never be considered by the top six will be appointed.

The one thing our Board has been sincere about is financial
prudence. KL is clearly not prepared to stump up the new cash required to build the team. Any changes will come from sales and TV money and will be
of lesser quality. The Board, like we fans, will pray for a miracle with this model, but we all privately realise that we can't possibly push onwards wth this sort of plan!
The words aim at Euro Football; the deeds of failing to impress MoPo and underselling our talisman to Liverpool indicate a recklessness and inability to see the lottery which squad and management change will bring to our fortunes. I am against the Rickie sale, but as long as we hold on to the rest of our best players, buy one or two more top additions and appoint a top manager, then maybe we can achieve a top half finish next season or even more. However, the deeds of this Board so far, would indicate that further players will be sold this summer - their emphasis on financial prudence would indicate that players of lesser ability will replace the stars sold and a manager who would never be considered by the top six will be appointed. The one thing our Board has been sincere about is financial prudence. KL is clearly not prepared to stump up the new cash required to build the team. Any changes will come from sales and TV money and will be of lesser quality. The Board, like we fans, will pray for a miracle with this model, but we all privately realise that we can't possibly push onwards wth this sort of plan! Littleton-Saint
  • Score: -2

8:02pm Sun 1 Jun 14

jasons odd says...

How can anyone call this guy a 'comedian' ?...He is just an attention seeking moron
How can anyone call this guy a 'comedian' ?...He is just an attention seeking moron jasons odd
  • Score: 15

8:04pm Sun 1 Jun 14

jasons odd says...

If koeman is our next manager we are doomed , his managerial record is atrocious ..littered with sackings and failures . At not one of his appointments could he be considered a roaring success .
If koeman is our next manager we are doomed , his managerial record is atrocious ..littered with sackings and failures . At not one of his appointments could he be considered a roaring success . jasons odd
  • Score: 0

8:09pm Sun 1 Jun 14

J7junctionseven says...

Don't want Koeman Dyche or A Awford (He's the manger of a small lowly division 2 side with a sh1t stadium and training facilties and academy and fans)
Prefer Moyes, Benitez or ........Mancini ??
COYR FOADP
Don't want Koeman Dyche or A Awford (He's the manger of a small lowly division 2 side with a sh1t stadium and training facilties and academy and fans) Prefer Moyes, Benitez or ........Mancini ?? COYR FOADP J7junctionseven
  • Score: 3

8:43pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

jasons odd wrote:
How can anyone call this guy a 'comedian' ?...He is just an attention seeking moron
He's a million times funnier than Adam Sandler
[quote][p][bold]jasons odd[/bold] wrote: How can anyone call this guy a 'comedian' ?...He is just an attention seeking moron[/p][/quote]He's a million times funnier than Adam Sandler Mary80
  • Score: -5

8:45pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Simmo13 says...

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. wrote:
If the BOARD shortlisted 3 candidates this week and they were (in no particular order)

RONALD KOEMAN
DAVID MOVES
RAFA BENITEZ

Who would you choose and what are the implications for the spending and progress of SFC.

IMO We must have the AMBITION to aim for the Premiership Crown and if we fall short then European Football beckons.

If we aim for Europe only - we sit in the Top Ten- and achieve 6-8th at best. COYR
Rafa then moyes
[quote][p][bold]The Rise of The Foot Soldier.[/bold] wrote: If the BOARD shortlisted 3 candidates this week and they were (in no particular order) RONALD KOEMAN DAVID MOVES RAFA BENITEZ Who would you choose and what are the implications for the spending and progress of SFC. IMO We must have the AMBITION to aim for the Premiership Crown and if we fall short then European Football beckons. If we aim for Europe only - we sit in the Top Ten- and achieve 6-8th at best. COYR[/p][/quote]Rafa then moyes Simmo13
  • Score: 3

8:54pm Sun 1 Jun 14

FindAndDestroy says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Saints trio of stars??? Have I missed something here???
Yes mate.....ONE is former...

Well the trio might as well become fomer saints....

I'am just glad i recorded them winning games, some memories to treasure should there be none in the future....
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Saints trio of stars??? Have I missed something here???[/p][/quote]Yes mate.....ONE is former... Well the trio might as well become fomer saints.... I'am just glad i recorded them winning games, some memories to treasure should there be none in the future.... FindAndDestroy
  • Score: -2

9:14pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Littleton-Saint says...

Simmo13 wrote:
The Rise of The Foot Soldier. wrote:
If the BOARD shortlisted 3 candidates this week and they were (in no particular order)

RONALD KOEMAN
DAVID MOVES
RAFA BENITEZ

Who would you choose and what are the implications for the spending and progress of SFC.

IMO We must have the AMBITION to aim for the Premiership Crown and if we fall short then European Football beckons.

If we aim for Europe only - we sit in the Top Ten- and achieve 6-8th at best. COYR
Rafa then moyes
Rafa only
[quote][p][bold]Simmo13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Rise of The Foot Soldier.[/bold] wrote: If the BOARD shortlisted 3 candidates this week and they were (in no particular order) RONALD KOEMAN DAVID MOVES RAFA BENITEZ Who would you choose and what are the implications for the spending and progress of SFC. IMO We must have the AMBITION to aim for the Premiership Crown and if we fall short then European Football beckons. If we aim for Europe only - we sit in the Top Ten- and achieve 6-8th at best. COYR[/p][/quote]Rafa then moyes[/p][/quote]Rafa only Littleton-Saint
  • Score: 6

9:17pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

FindAndDestroy wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
Saints trio of stars??? Have I missed something here???
Yes mate.....ONE is former...

Well the trio might as well become fomer saints....

I'am just glad i recorded them winning games, some memories to treasure should there be none in the future....
They got on the plane as a result of being Southampton players. Hopefully, two of them will still be Southampton players when we kick off against Italy.
[quote][p][bold]FindAndDestroy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Saints trio of stars??? Have I missed something here???[/p][/quote]Yes mate.....ONE is former... Well the trio might as well become fomer saints.... I'am just glad i recorded them winning games, some memories to treasure should there be none in the future....[/p][/quote]They got on the plane as a result of being Southampton players. Hopefully, two of them will still be Southampton players when we kick off against Italy. Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: 4

10:11pm Sun 1 Jun 14

J7junctionseven says...

Mary80 wrote:
jasons odd wrote:
How can anyone call this guy a 'comedian' ?...He is just an attention seeking moron
He's a million times funnier than Adam Sandler
Who isn't .....:o)
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasons odd[/bold] wrote: How can anyone call this guy a 'comedian' ?...He is just an attention seeking moron[/p][/quote]He's a million times funnier than Adam Sandler[/p][/quote]Who isn't .....:o) J7junctionseven
  • Score: -1

11:23pm Sun 1 Jun 14

horsted says...

make him our manager, should fit in nicely with the other comedians at the club, championship here we come
make him our manager, should fit in nicely with the other comedians at the club, championship here we come horsted
  • Score: -4

11:30pm Sun 1 Jun 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

++++MESSAGE TO THE BOARD ++++++

MOYES
MANCINI
RAFA BENITEZ

Forget the Betting Odds - these are the FANS PREFERRED CANDIDATES.
++++MESSAGE TO THE BOARD ++++++ MOYES MANCINI RAFA BENITEZ Forget the Betting Odds - these are the FANS PREFERRED CANDIDATES. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: -5

12:15am Mon 2 Jun 14

Block 42 says...

if koeman Comes that is it!!!would be a cheap kop out.
all hes done is manage in holland which is on par with the scottish league.
rafa benitez is the only choice for me.
chelsea fans will tell you he is shocking tho.
if koeman Comes that is it!!!would be a cheap kop out. all hes done is manage in holland which is on par with the scottish league. rafa benitez is the only choice for me. chelsea fans will tell you he is shocking tho. Block 42
  • Score: -3

12:38am Mon 2 Jun 14

SouthamptonLegend says...

jasons odd wrote:
If koeman is our next manager we are doomed , his managerial record is atrocious ..littered with sackings and failures . At not one of his appointments could he be considered a roaring success .
Koeman's win percentage out of 514 games is 55.84%!!

He's won 3 league titles in Holland with 2 different teams and he's won 3 major cups in 3 different countries...

You don't call that successful??
[quote][p][bold]jasons odd[/bold] wrote: If koeman is our next manager we are doomed , his managerial record is atrocious ..littered with sackings and failures . At not one of his appointments could he be considered a roaring success .[/p][/quote]Koeman's win percentage out of 514 games is 55.84%!! He's won 3 league titles in Holland with 2 different teams and he's won 3 major cups in 3 different countries... You don't call that successful?? SouthamptonLegend
  • Score: 5

6:29am Mon 2 Jun 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

AMENDMENT

++++MESSAGE TO THE BOARD ++++

RAFA BENITEZ
RONALD KOEMAN
MANCINI
LOOK AT WHAT MOYES CAN DO.

ON PAPER - these are Quality Candidates.
AMENDMENT ++++MESSAGE TO THE BOARD ++++ RAFA BENITEZ RONALD KOEMAN MANCINI LOOK AT WHAT MOYES CAN DO. ON PAPER - these are Quality Candidates. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 0

7:55am Mon 2 Jun 14

St.Winch70 says...

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. wrote:
++++MESSAGE TO THE BOARD ++++++

MOYES
MANCINI
RAFA BENITEZ

Forget the Betting Odds - these are the FANS PREFERRED CANDIDATES.
You don't speak for the fans (thankfully)., so those are YOUR PREFERRED CANDIDATES
[quote][p][bold]The Rise of The Foot Soldier.[/bold] wrote: ++++MESSAGE TO THE BOARD ++++++ MOYES MANCINI RAFA BENITEZ Forget the Betting Odds - these are the FANS PREFERRED CANDIDATES.[/p][/quote]You don't speak for the fans (thankfully)., so those are YOUR PREFERRED CANDIDATES St.Winch70
  • Score: 0

9:11am Mon 2 Jun 14

boilerman says...

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. wrote:
++++MESSAGE TO THE BOARD ++++++

MOYES
MANCINI
RAFA BENITEZ

Forget the Betting Odds - these are the FANS PREFERRED CANDIDATES.
So you speak for the fans do you?
I don't remember giving you the authority to speak on my behalf.
Go back to expressing your'e own opinion and let other people express their's.
[quote][p][bold]The Rise of The Foot Soldier.[/bold] wrote: ++++MESSAGE TO THE BOARD ++++++ MOYES MANCINI RAFA BENITEZ Forget the Betting Odds - these are the FANS PREFERRED CANDIDATES.[/p][/quote]So you speak for the fans do you? I don't remember giving you the authority to speak on my behalf. Go back to expressing your'e own opinion and let other people express their's. boilerman
  • Score: -2

10:07am Mon 2 Jun 14

InCortesewetrust says...

St.Winch70 wrote:
The Rise of The Foot Soldier. wrote:
++++MESSAGE TO THE BOARD ++++++

MOYES
MANCINI
RAFA BENITEZ

Forget the Betting Odds - these are the FANS PREFERRED CANDIDATES.
You don't speak for the fans (thankfully)., so those are YOUR PREFERRED CANDIDATES
actually any of these three manager's would be amazing, anyone who doesn't think so probably knows more about ice hockey! For saints to get one of those three is a pipe dream, looks like we are set for Ronald, how is desperate to be in the premier league by any means, he was happy to have managed Cardiff or west ham, it's going to be a long season!
[quote][p][bold]St.Winch70[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Rise of The Foot Soldier.[/bold] wrote: ++++MESSAGE TO THE BOARD ++++++ MOYES MANCINI RAFA BENITEZ Forget the Betting Odds - these are the FANS PREFERRED CANDIDATES.[/p][/quote]You don't speak for the fans (thankfully)., so those are YOUR PREFERRED CANDIDATES[/p][/quote]actually any of these three manager's would be amazing, anyone who doesn't think so probably knows more about ice hockey! For saints to get one of those three is a pipe dream, looks like we are set for Ronald, how is desperate to be in the premier league by any means, he was happy to have managed Cardiff or west ham, it's going to be a long season! InCortesewetrust
  • Score: -1

11:17pm Mon 2 Jun 14

St.Winch70 says...

Benitez is the only one of these managers I would ideally have.
Mancini is an awful man manager with dubious tactical nous..
Moyes is a broken man, whose confidence is shot.
I'd love to see us trying to get Yakin, Laudrup or Jemez, but I would settle for Koeman if Rafa can't be tempted.
Benitez is the only one of these managers I would ideally have. Mancini is an awful man manager with dubious tactical nous.. Moyes is a broken man, whose confidence is shot. I'd love to see us trying to get Yakin, Laudrup or Jemez, but I would settle for Koeman if Rafa can't be tempted. St.Winch70
  • Score: 0

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