Original article from Kent Live
Football fervour gripped the nation today (June 29) as England took on Germany in the Euros.
The country came to a standstill to watch Gareth Southgate shepherd this summer's hopefuls through the knockout stages.
Southgate has an incredibly talented squad of players at his disposal and will have been agonising over his starting XI.
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From dancing superstars to take-no-nonsense TV presenters and even a former Olympian, this Kent side really does have it all.
Take a look at the Kentish squad who we reckon could give Germany a run for their money this afternoon.
Goalkeeper – James Jordan
It's important to have a keeper who commands his penalty area.
James Jordan was known for his boisterous attitude on Strictly Come Dancing and seems a great shout for between the sticks.
What's more, the Gillingham celeb is athletic and light on his feet so can make those spectacular saves when needed.
Left Back – Paul Hollywood
Opposition right-wingers won't have much joy on the flank with Paul Hollywood sitting at left-back.
We can see Ashford's Paul making crunching tackles and diving to block crosses as if his sourdough loaf depends on it.
Paul will have plenty to offer going forward too.
Once he gets running, it would take a brave man to stop him in his tracks.
Centre-Back – Pete Doherty
Pete Doherty has recently left Kent for the exotic land of Normandy but would make the trip back across the channel to represent his county.
The Libertines frontman will be cool under pressure and unphased by crowds given his musical past.
The Thanet star is quite the character too and wouldn't be far off Spain's Sergio Ramos or Portugal's Pepe in their prime.
Centre-Back – Shaun Williamson (Captain)
Shaun Williamson is best known for playing the role of Barry in EastEnders.
Barry isn't afraid to take matters into his own hands and employ cunning means to get what he wants.
That's vital for a centre back and the thought of a Shaun and Pete pairing would strike terror into the world's best strikers.
We're also making Maidstone's Shaun captain for his brains – the actor beat all five Chasers earlier this year.
Right-Back – Pixie Lott
Pixie Lott is a big football fan herself.
The Bromley pop star supports West Ham and has even performed at the London Stadium at halftime in a match.
We reckon she'd be a good reader of the game given her love for the sport.
The singer is known for her long legs too, they even have a Twitter account dedicated to them, meaning she'd have the pace to offer something going forward from the back.
Left Midfield – Dame Kelly Holmes
The easiest spot to pick on the team is that of Dame Kelly Holmes at left midfield.
The Pembury-born athlete has two Olympic Golds to her name and a number of British records.
At her prime Kelly was running 800 metres in 1:56 so there will be no stopping her down the left.
Centre Midfield – Jools Holland
Rochester's Jools Holland will be the Kent XI's midfield metronome.
The centre midfield role is a vital one in dictating the pace of play and needs to be filled by someone with rhythm.
Given Jool's extensive musical background, we reckon he'll master that tempo.
Centre Midfield – Gregg Wallace
Alongside Jools in the centre of the park is Gregg Wallace.
The Ashford chef and TV star is a big fitness buff and will need that stamina to cope with the amount of running needed in this position.
There's something about his look, the bald head and short height, that makes us think he'll be a bit of a bulldog in midfield too-the next Zinedine Zidane maybe.
Right Midfield – Len Goodman
Given that it's traditional for the number 7 to play right midfield, there was only one man for the job.
Len Goodman of course loves the number and has been campaigning for this position all his life.
The Sevenoaks former Strictly judge also has silky smooth footwork from his dancing background and will pull out all the stepovers to beat defenders.
Striker – Nick Knowles
Our target man up top will be Nick Knowles.
The Tunbridge Wells presenter knows how to finish a job off, as we've seen on DIY SOS, which bodes well for his shooting skills.
Being the Kent XI talisman will also give Nick the perfect opportunity to put recent Shreddies ad controversy behind him when he nets a 90th-minute winner.
Striker – Ola Jordan
Joining Nick up top will be Ola Jordan.
James' wife and fellow Strictly professional Ola will fulfil a Michael Owen type role up top as a poacher.
At just 5ft 1, Ola will be able to sneak into the box unnoticed and use her dancing skills to spin away from defenders.
Manager – Paul O'Grady
There's only one man who could lead the Kent XI to glory and that's the Aldington dog whisperer himself.
Paul O'Grady is as iconic as Kent celebs come and no player would dare disrespect the star's commands.
Whether he knows much about football or not isn't important, he's a cool head with years of wisdom to impart.