Great to see you all again lads… No really, it is. I hope you all had a nice break at home and that none of the midwives round your way have any holidays booked for next November eh? (Whispering.. I think Belly wasn’t laughing… give him Andrew Wingfield-Digby’s number will you Colly).
Right lads you know why we’re here at Heathrow in this meeting room – it’s the biggest challenge for us since, well, since we were last in this room in October probably, but let’s have none of that leaked to the Press. It’s the World Cup… just think of what that means… the history, the tradition, the glory… Booby Moore… Nobby’s dancing… Jules Rimet still gleaming and all that. Stuart – explain to KP will you?
The tournament starts now gentlemen… so I want to see positive thoughts and body language and none of this “Done the elephants, done the poverty, where’s the IPL cheerleaders” stuff. Remember security will be very tight – it’ll be intrusive and you won’t like it, but it’s there for your own safety. There are single-minded, fanatical individuals in this part of the world, with links to ruthless international networks, who won’t think twice about destroying you with explosive packages if they can get close enough. And there’s a terrorism threat too.
Anyway, if we’re going to win this World Cup we’re all going to have to play a blinder from start to finish, especially you… not you KP, Ben behind you. The physio…