Legendary Welsh actor Michael Sheen left the viewers in awe after his stunning pre-match team talk for Wales’ football team ahead of their World Cup match with arch-rivals England.
Sheen, who is known for films such as Twilight and Frost/Nixon, was a guest on the popular Sky sports-comedy panel show ‘A League of Their Own’ on Thursday, 8th September. The show host Romesh Ranganathan asked Sheen to give a pre-match speech to the Welsh players ahead of their clash with England, which is set to take place on November 29.
Sheen was straight away up to the task and gave a typically stirring performance, casting a spell on the audience with an incredibly passionate and rousing speech. The actor was able to captivate the audience and received a huge round of applause as his speech ended.
The panel was full of English contestants, including pundits Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards and comedians Emily Atack and Alex Brooker as well as Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. The speech has been doing rounds on the internet with the video getting over 8.8 million views so far.
Watch the video here:
Michael Sheen’s speech about the Welsh going to the World Cup is incredible.
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) September 10, 2022
He even showcased his footballing talent, recreating his role as Brian Clough in The Damned United, when asked to do a series of keep-ups before volleying into an empty net.
The 53-year-old was a keen footballer in his youth and was even offered trials at Arsenal. Unfortunately, he had to turn down the opportunity as his parents were unable to relocate to London from Port Talbot. He eventually focused on acting and made a name for himself in the movie industry.
But clearly, still a keen follower of the game, Sheen spoke of his excitement after Wales reached the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup begins on November 20 in Qatar, with Wales placed in a group alongside England, Iran and the United States. It is only the second time in history that Wales has qualified for the tournament with the team‘s last appearance coming way back in 1958.