Welsh actor Michael Sheen has gone viral with a jaw-dropping pre-match team talk for Wales' football team ahead of their World Cup meeting with England.
The Hollywood actor was appearing in Sky Sports’ panel show A League of Their Own on Thursday night where he showed off his acting skills, recreating his role as famous manager Brian Clough in 2009 movie The Damned United.
The words come from the scene where he is asked to juggle the ball before volleying into an empty net.
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The actor is thought to be a decent player himself back in his youth and was even offered trials at Arsenal. He had to turn it down as his parents were unable to relocate to London from his hometown of Port Talbot.
A League of Their Own host Romesh Ranganathan asked Sheen if he could provide a pre-match rendition of what he would say to motivate the Wales national team when they played England in the World Cup on November 29.
This prompted the actor to provide what’s now a viral mini-stage performance – a piece of theatrics that wowed those in the audience, who gave a raucous round of applause. While English pundits Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards – as well as comedians Emily Atack and Alex Brooker – and even England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, all got on their feet to give praise.
It earned rave reviews online, with one fan tweeting: "Absolutely electric oratory from Michael Sheen. I could walk through fire for him right now." Even former England rugby union star Brian Moore voiced his approval, sharing the video and tweeting: "Wow – I've heard one or two powerful pre-match speeches, but this would have had me wanting to tear down the dressing room."
Michael Sheen's speech in full
Yma o hyd, yma o hyd,
I hear the voices singing,
Speed your journey, bois bach,
One nation, singing with one voice,
A song of hope, a song of courage,
A victory song that floats through the valleys, like a red mist,
Rolls over the mountain tops, like crimson thunder,
A red storm is coming to the gates of Qatar,
It crackles, with the spirit of '58 and Jimmy Murphy's boys,
It turns the pages of the history books,
And finds Rob's page, waiting, still to be written,
What would you right in there, boys?
Dare you write your names on that page?
We haven't waited 64 years and come half way around the world,
To be troubled by a neighbour from back home,
When the English coming knock on our door,
Let's give them some sugar, boys, let's give them some Welsh sugar,
They've always said we are too small, we are too slow, we are too weak, too full of fear,
But yma o hyd, you sons of Speed,
And they fall around us,
We are still here.
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