Mamma Mia! hunk Dominic Cooper planned to get into shape for a major charity football match by playing video games, his flatmate James Corden has revealed.
Dominic is due to play with former stars such as Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham and Zinedine Zidane for the Soccer Aid match on Sunday.
But James – who is the assistant manager of the pro-celeb England team – said Dominic hadn’t registered the magnitude of the occasion and thought he could prepare by playing a computer game. Speaking at a training session, he said: “Dom did say last week, and I don’t think he’d taken on that Old Trafford would be full or that it would be live on telly, and he went ‘Jim we better play some Fifa’.
“And I went ‘I don’t think that’s going to be the same. It almost certainly will be different to that because you’ll be playing against some of the greatest players that ever lived’.”
The England team will play against a rest of the world squad at Manchester United’s home ground in a charity match to be televised by ITV.
Dominic admitted he was not quite on top form.
“I thought I was better than I am,” he said, as he put in some preparation at the Fulham training ground in Motspur Park. “I got out there yesterday and completely forgot how to play the game. I play quite often but I’m not looking good.”
Gavin And Stacey star James said he would love to play but he would be better on the sidelines.
“Old Trafford is a big space and I’m not very fit. However much I want to, I know it would be the worst thing for the team.”