Comedian gatecrashes Three Lions' send-off

LOOKING SHARP: The England team strike a pose before their trip to Miami.

England's departure for Miami was hit by a moment of farce on Sunday when comedian Simon Brodkin gatecrashed the travelling party as they arrived at Luton Airport.

Brodkin - best known for his performance as Lee Nelson in two BBC comedy series - was pictured attempting to mingle with England's players as they waited for their luggage to be removed from the coach which had delivered them to a private terminal.

Dressed in an identical suit to those worn by the England travelling party and brandishing a passport, Brodkin spent several moments in close proximity to the players before he appeared to be spotted first by captain Steven Gerrard, after which members of security and local police intervened.

Brodkin was spoken to by a police officer before leaving.

A BBC spokesman said the stunt was not for a BBC project. 
- PA Sport.