He was born in New Zealand and plays in Durham… but England hero Ben Stokes reveals he’s now a SPURS fan after the club sent him a shirt following his Ashes heroics
- Ben Stokes says he is ‘officially a Tottenham fan’ after they sent him a shirt
- Stokes revealed the first shirt he received as a child was in fact a Spurs jersey
- The England star revealed he always wanted to have a team to support
England cricketer star Ben Stokes has revealed he is now a Tottenham fan after the club sent him a shirt following his Ashes heroics.
Spurs delivered a jersey as a goodwill gesture following his incredible performance at Headlingley last weekend.
Stokes’ 135 not out saw England successfully chase down Australia’s target of 359 runs with just one wicket remaining, despite being bowled out for 69 in their first innings.
Ben Stokes announced he was a Tottenham fan after the club sent him a home jersey
Stokes’ incredible innings at Headlingley single-handedly kept England in the Ashes
Stokes hit an unbeaten 135 as England successfully chased down Australia’s target of 359
His Spurs jersey also included his England squad number, 55, printed on the back, which is also the same sum he spent at a McDonald’s drive-thru after his heroics on Sunday.
Stokes, who was born in New Zealand before moving to Durham, where he still lives, posted on his Twitter account to announce his allegiance to Spurs.
He wrote: ‘Never supported a club, always wanted to but never loved football enough really, my first ever football top was actually a Tottenham one, it was the blue and yellow kit with Thomson on the front. But after getting sent this I guess I’m now officially a Spurs far #coys.’
The shirt also included a handwritten note from Tottenham wishing Stokes luck for England’s fourth Ashes Test against Australia, which the all-rounder posted on his Instagram account.
‘To Ben, wishing you the best of luck for the next Ashes Test,’ read the note.
‘Hope you enjoy the shirt!
‘From everyone at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.’
Tottenham striker Harry Kane reacted to Stoke’s post by offering him a warm welcome to the Spurs’ family.
‘Good choice! Good luck for the rest of the Ashes and you’d be more than welcome to a game once the series is finished,’ he wrote on Twitter.
However, though Spurs fans will no doubt be delighted with their new high-profile fan, not all supporters were thrilled to learn of Stokes’ club of choice.
Fans up and down the country, including scores of Arsenal supporters, tweeted Stokes urging him to reconsider his allegiance.
‘bruce offered you a place at centre-back, be grateful,’ read one tweet from a Newcastle fan after the Magpies boss and joked he could play for the club after his efforts for England.
Another supporter tweeted: ‘Why spoil your summer Ben? You may have jinxed the country now.’
An Arsenal fan with the Twitter handle @Tierneyme on also offered his reaction with a succinct tweet saying he hoped England would now lose the Ashes.