Robbie Williams reveals spot in England’s World Cup squad is around corner now he’s nearly 40 and off booze

Exclusive: Words by Ruth Dacey, video and pictures by Ana Hine

Robbie Williams believes when he turns 40 in February he may just about be ready to play for England in the World Cup.

The king of pop was in Manchester to kick off Key 103’s Jingle Ball last night, alongside the likes of Pixie Lott, Rudimental, Jason Derulo, Rizzle Kicks and Little Mix.

Williams was in a jovial mood when he greeted press – and joked to MM that he might be finally fit enough to join the England squad in Brazil.

“Well I might be [fit enough to play] by February, but I’m full of carbs at the moment,” the best-selling solo artist in the United Kingdom told MM.

“I wouldn’t be able to run right now!”

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Williams, whose latest studio album Swings both ways topped the UK album chart for the 11th time last month, also revealed that spending more than a decade laying off the booze will also be a help.

“I haven’t had a drink in 13 years!” he laughed when a mistaken fan had thought they might have seen him on a night out.

This will be Robbie’s second Christmas as a father to his daughter Theodora Rose, also sweetly referred to as Teddy, who was born in September last year.

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His new single Go Gentle, is about protecting Theodora as she grows up and although he remained tight-lipped when asked about what she will be receiving for Christmas, he admitted he couldn’t wait.

“I am looking forward to Christmas. Always do!” he laughed.

Later on stage he wowed thousands with a rendition of Go Gentle.

But before he began he admitted: “First time I sang this to my daughter she threw up on me! I hope only half of you throw up tonight.”

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