Vinnie Jones: English-born Wales footballer and celebrity emigrant living in LA says England has too many foreigners
VINNIE Jones, actor and former footballer with Leeds United, Sheffield United, Chelsea and Wimbledon, has been talking to the Radio Times:
“It’s not the country I grew up in. It’s a European country now. If someone blindfolded you and put you on a plane in LA, and you landed at Heathrow and they took it off, you wouldn’t have a clue where you were.”
Jones was born in Watford. He played footballer for – get this- Wales.
As a celebrity emigrant, Jones is well placed to be a professional ex-pat:
“We can get all that in LA, though you sometimes have to pay through the roof for it. A bottle of Ribena is 14 dollars. But I get my Walkers crisps delivered once a month. I have a box of Roast Chicken, a box of Salt and Vinegar, and a box of Monster Munch… and there’s more Premier League football on TV there than there is here.”
LA sounds great. Pricier than Watford for blackcurrant cordial drinks and crisps but with less Swedes and Greeks to fight with at the supermarket.
Vinnie then talked about foreigners:
“I said it all 15 years ago, that diving would creep in, and also that the England team would suffer, because none of these foreign managers would buy English players. It’s all happening, just like I said it would.”
So says Vinnie Jones, born in Hertfordshire, England, who played for Wales (not in England).
PS : 15 years ago, England were every bit as average at football as they are now.