Danish star given orders to swap shirts with Liverpool skipper
If he’s still on the pitch at the end of England’s friendly against Denmark at Wembley, Three Lions skipper Steven Gerrard is likely to witness one of the opposition players bounding towards him.
Highly-rated Lille defender and lifelong Liverpool fan Simon Kjaer is the man charged by his family to make a beeline for Gerrard’s shirt at the final whistle.
“For the first time in my career I have to go to another player and ask for his shirt – and that’s a bit embarrassing, really,” said Kjaer.
“My father and the rest of my family are huge Liverpool supporters, and my father has literally forced me to ask for Steven Gerrard’s jersey after the game.
“So I am a man with a mission – also after the game.”
According to Ladbrokes, grabbing Gerrard’s shirt may end up being the highlight for the Danish player, whose team are the 11/2 outsiders to win at Wembley.
Below are three other famous/infamous examples of shirt swapping from football’s recent past.
After receiving an absolute roasting from Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia in the first half of Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in 2012, Brazilian Andre Santos decided it would be a good idea to swap shirts with Robin van Persie at the break. It wasn’t a good idea.
During this season’s Club World Cup, former Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho was stripped from head-to-toe at the final whistle by Raja Casablanca players when playing for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro. They even took his boots.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came over all star struck even before the first whistle in Brazil last year. The Arsenal man has since said he regrets swapping shirts with Neymar before the 2-2 draw.
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