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“I didn’t know who he was! – Declan Rice wants Chesney Hawkes to reach No 1 after World Cup impact in England


eclan Rice wants pop singer Chesney Hawkes to top the charts again after singing ‘The One and Only’ at half-time in the 3-0 win over Wales.

The one-shot wonder met the Group B winners after the match at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, where he wore an England shirt with Rice’s name and number on the back.

The West Ham midfielder admitted he didn’t know who Hawkes was but he knew her song and wanted her back at No.1 after hearing about her impact.

He also believes Hawkes could become the team’s lucky mascot as they prepare to face Senegal in the Round of 16.

“We have to get him to the games, we won one comfortably with him there, so we’ll have him singing ‘The One and Only’ every half and hopefully we get him back to number one as well, Rice said at England’s Al Wakrah training base on Thursday.

Chesney Hawkes watched England win over Wales in a Declan Rice shirt after playing

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“I knew the song but I didn’t know who he was – that’s me speaking honestly.

“After he had a really familiar face, it’s funny because I walked into the locker room and one of the gear men told me that Chesney Hawkes was outside with my shirt on – I was like ‘I do not know who it is!’

“Then I saw he was wearing the Rice shirt and after the game I went to talk to him and gave him a hug and I heard he played at halftime and that was really good, so yeah, Chesney and I are friends now!”

Like Hawkes, England manager Gareth Southgate was praised for his half-time impact by moving Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden to opposite flanks before scoring the goals to overcome Wales in the second half.

Southgate missed Hawkes on Tuesday night due to media duties but called the following day to congratulate him on his performance in Qatar.

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