LINE OF DUTY star Martin Compston has issued a message of encouragement to the England Soccer Aid team ahead of the annual charity football match as his character DS Arnot – before revealing his true feelings about their chances.
The hit BBC drama has started production on its sixth series and it looks as though the actors involved aren’t working overtime, with Compston finding the time to release a video to cheer on the English side.
Dressed as his detective character, who is born in London, Compston issued a message of support for the English as they prepare to take on a Rest of World XI at Wembley.
Speaking in Arnott’s cockney accent, Compston said: “Hello, DS Arnott here. I just want to say a massive good luck to Big Sam and all the Lions and Lionesses.
“Soccer Aid is such an incredible event and we’ve had some of the greatest athletes this country has ever seen.
“Sir Mo Farah. This year we’ve got Wayne Rooney and Tom Davis.
“I know we lost last time but everyone’s been inspired by the Cricket World Cup.
“That’s a day I’ll never forget. It was the best of being English.
“So come on England! It’s coming home.”
— Soccer Aid (@socceraid) September 3, 2020
But then Compston, from Greenock, dropped his accent and let his true feelings about the game be known.
He said: “Hiya, Martin Compston here.
“I’m absolutely gutted I’m not at Soccer Aid there to watch the Rest of World retain our trophy.
“So best of luck to Harry, all the lads and ladies. I’ve got every faith that you’ll get right in about these dafties.
“The only sport they’re any good at is cricket, a sport where they’re scared of rain and there’s actual f*****g tea breaks.
“Tells you everything you need to know.”