FORMER Saints star Jamie Redknapp and London Mayor Boris Johnson were named and shamed today for their poor use of the English language.

The pair were among the award "winners" in the Plain English Campaign's annual Golden Bull booby prize to mark today's National Plain English Day.

The Golden Bull awards recognise the year's most baffling examples of gobbledegook.

Redknapp was named the Foot in Mouth Award winner for his incorrect use of the word "literally" and other gaffes.

Examples included: "These balls now - they literally explode off your feet."

And: "Steven Gerrard makes runs into the box better than anyone. So does Frank Lampard."

Politician Mr Johnson, a former newspaper editor, was nominated for a comment in a Transport for London press release where he called for London to become "a cyclised city".

Other Golden Bull winners include NHS Lanarkshire for a staff document which used the sentence: "These are cascaded to senior staff across the organisation through to frontline staff via a structured mechanism to facilitate ownership of data."

The language was labelled "baffling" by the Plain English Campaign, which held the awards ceremony in Manchester today.

Chrissie Maher OBE, founder of the Plain English Campaign, said: "We do need people in media who are respected and set standards for the next generation."