Corrie stars prepare for World Cup

Male members of the 'Coronation Street' cast are preparing to cheer on the England football team at the World Cup in South Africa this summer

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Michael Le Vell, Alan Halsall and Eddie Windass

Michael Le Vell, Alan Halsall and Eddie Windass

'Coronation Street's male stars are preparing to cheer on the England football team on set.

Several male cast members - whose alter-ego's were secretly saving to head to South Africa to watch the World Cup - are preparing to watch the soccer competition from the set of the ITV1 soap, and have encouraged the nation to show their support after signing the world's largest England football shirt.

Alan Halsall and Michael Le Vell - who play love rival car mechanics Tyrone Dobbs and Kevin Webster - and Eddie Windass (Steve Huison) are thrilled about the upcoming competition and autographed the giant item of clothing to help raise money for charity at the same time.

Alan said: "We're backing Nationwide Building Society's World Cup campaign all the way. We're all going to be watching the World Cup on set and think this is going to be our year. Come on lads!"

The 15-metre-high shirt - which will be auctioned off for charity - has also been signed by the cast of 'Hollyoaks' and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

England manager Fabio Capello has praised the soap stars' involvement in encouraging the nation to support their team.

He said: "The passion of the England supporters is tremendous. Their desire to follow us around the world and to really get behind the team is very important, it makes us a stronger team."

For more information on the England shirt visit www.nationwidefootball.co.uk/england

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