A PORTSMOUTH superfan was turned away from last night's England game at St Mary's because he was wearing a Pompey shirt.

According to reports, John Westwood, known by some as "Mr Pompey", attempted to enter the ground in the strip of Southampton's bitter rivals.

But he was turned away by stewards ahead of the game, between England and Kosovo.

A spokesperson for Saints has confirmed a fan was turned away because he was wearing a Portsmouth shirt

The spokesperson also revealed the fan was told he would not be allowed into the ground while wearing the shirt on "multiple occasions" prior to the match.

In a statement, the spokesperson for Saints said: "The police and safety plan around the game stipulated that any fan in this scenario would not be admitted for safety and security reasons.

"This was communicated to the fan in question on multiple occasions ahead of his arrival at the stadium.”

John Westwood, officially John Anthony Portsmouth Football Club Westwood, has 60 Portsmouth tattoos, the club crest shaved onto his head and 'PFC' engraved on his teeth.

He also carries a handbell which he rings throughout matches.

Southampton are set to play their bitter rivals Portsmouth later this month.

The two sides are due to meet in the Carabao Cup at Fratton Park on Tuesday, September 24.

It will be the first time the fierce rivals have met for seven years – with Portsmouth languishing in The English Football League since hitting financial trouble in 2010.