After being crowned King of the I’m a Celeb jungle, Harry Redknapp is back on our screens in Harry’s Heroes: The Full English.
The 72-year-old former football manager and pundit has rounded up some of English football’s most beloved icons from the 90s to give them once last chance at a win against old rivals Germany.
But the footballers live up to their status as ‘heavyweights’ quite literally, meaning Redknapp has had to put his team of champions on a strict diet and exercise regime similar to that of current professional footballers.
However, with his team constantly facing temptations, Redknapp, alongside his assistant John Barnes, realise he’s got his work cut out to restore his team to their former glories.
Here’s who we can expect to see in Harry’s Heroes…
Harry Redknapp (ITV)
Redknapp established himself as a national treasure outside the realm of football after his stint on I’m a Celeb, winning a new legion of fans with his dedication to wife Sandra and his never-ending ream of showbiz stories.
Harry’s Heroes sees him return to ITV for his own show, his first since his jungle win.
“I loved it, its been great, I’ve really enjoyed being around good footballers for the weeks we had together. They’re all such good lads, every single one of them. Really smashing,” he said.
John Barnes (Getty)
The former Liverpool left-winger, 55 is acting as Redknapp’s assistant on his endeavour.
After retiring from the beautiful game in 1999, he briefly managed Celtic, Jamaica and Tranmere Rovers.
Non-football fans may recognise Barnes from his now-infamous rap in the 1990 World Cup song World in Motion, or from his stint in Strictly Come Dancing in 2007 (finishing in 7th place on the show, he was the first male celeb to receive a 10 from the judges for his salsa).
More recently, Barnes starred in the 21st (and penultimate) series of Celebrity Big Brother, and was the third to be evicted.
David Seaman (ITV)
The 55-year-old goalkeeper played for England for 15 years until 2003, and has since had a successful media career.
As well as a brief stint on sports quiz They Think It’s All Over, he appeared on Strictly spin-off Strictly Ice Dancing and the ITV equivalent, the first series of Dancing on Ice in 2006 – placing fourth.
Seaman returned to the ice for Dancing on Ice’s ninth series, and ended up marrying his new Dancing on Ice partner Frankie Poultney in 2015.
“I’ve enjoyed it, if I’m honest, getting back into a fitness regime,” he said. “I was in pretty good shape before the experience, I still ice skate and bike ride, I play a bit of football and stuff.
“There are a lot of different traits out there but I never saw it as a competition. If anything it was my own competition, I wanted to see how far I could get with it, enjoying it at the same time, and I will definitely keep it up.”
Robbie Fowler (ITV)
The 43-year-old Liverpool striker played for England between 1996-2002, and has taken to coaching and charity football matches since hanging up his boots.
He also had a brief stint as a player-manager of Thai football team Muangthong United before returning to the UK in 2012.
Will he still have his skills in front of a goal this time round?
Paul Merson (ITV)
The 50-year-old former Arsenal midfielder starred in the England line-up between 1991-98. After retiring in 2012 (he returned in 2017 to play for Welsh Football League division three side Caerau FC), he has become a regular pundit on Sky Sports on Gillette’s Soccer Saturday.
“I’ve found it harder than I thought, to be honest,” he said of the training regime. “After losing 15 pounds, it has been worthwhile. You can see a different shape in me.
“Yeah, I miss Chinese, I miss the beer if I’m honest too, I do like a beer.
“My wife has noticed a major difference, you can tell when you put a jumper or a suit on, but it is nice when people recognise it. When I started it off people weren’t saying anything, and I was thinking, ‘F**k this, I’ve lost a bit of weight, you know what I mean?’”
Matt Le Tissier
Matt Le Tissier (ITV)
The 50-year-old player turned pundit played midfield for Southampton between 1986-2002, and represented England internationally between 1994-1997.
Following his retirement as a player, Le Tissier became a football pundit, working as a panellist on the Sky Sports show Soccer Saturday. He also launched a football agency alongside former Southampton teammate Francis Benali.
Other media appearances include a surprisingly impressive appearance on Countdown, first as a guest on Dictionary Corner, before taking part and winning three shows in 2009.
“I really enjoyed being part of Harry’s Heroes,” he said. “I’ve always struggled with my weight since I retired, it gave me a nice focus to lose some serious poundage.
“I’ve certainly not slipped back into the way I was eating before, but I would be lying if I said I don’t get the odd treat here and there. But it’s something I have definitely learnt that it wasn’t doing me any good.”
Chris Waddle (ITV)
The 58-year-old former midfielder had an incredible football career, playing for Newcastle, Spurs, Sheffield Wednesday and Marseille as well as appearing on the England side between 1985-1991.
After working as a coach for a year in 1997, Waddle has now become a pundit, working as an analyst for BBC Radio Five Live’s Premier League football coverage.
“I thought it would be really good to be back in shape again,” he said. “I’ve gone that extra mile, but the hard part was getting used to it.
“I think we’ve had a go. You had to think for yourself, in a way, that shows the bit of discipline you’ve had to put in.”
Rob Lee (ITV)
The 53-year-old made a name himself as a midfielder for Charlton Athletic and Newcastle United between 1983-2002, as well as an England player between 1994-98.
After retiring in 2006, Lee has since worked as a pundit and commentator, working alongside John Burridge for TEN Sports’ UEFA Champions League Fixtures.
Ray Parlour (ITV)
The 46-year-old was a midfielder for Arsenal from 1992-2004, and featured in the England team in 1999.
After retiring in 2007, Parlour has worked as a pundit for BBC Radio 5 Live and Talksport.
“It’s been great fun, it’s been great being back with all the lads,” he said. “It’s one of those situations, where we’ve laughed more than we were serious. That’s the most important thing.”
Lee Sharpe (ITV)
The 47-year-old famously played for Manchester United and Leeds as a midfielder throughout the 90s, as well as a two-year stint on the England squad between 1991-93.
Non-football fans may remember Sharpe from the original run of Celebrity Love Island back in 2005, as well as a stint on Dancing on Ice in 2007. He also worked as a pundit on BBC’s Match of the Day 2.
“It was a funny show to do and the boys are hilarious when they’re back together, it was like being back at school,” he said. “I went into it thinking that I wanted to be serious and get into shape; I needed a reason and the show gave me the motivation.”
Mark Chamberlain (ITV)
The 57-year-old right back played for Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and Brighton during, and played for the national side between 1982 and 1984.
He then became player-manager for non-league team Fareham Town, before moving onto the coaching staff at Portsmouth.
Mark Wright (ITV)
The 55-year-old defender had spells playing for Southampton and Liverpool, and was a fixture on the England squad between 1984-1996.
After retiring, Wright has been an ambassador for Foster Care Associates. In 2016, he launched Red Sports alongside England striker Michael Owen, a company that looks to develop coaching programmes in China.
Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock
Razor Ruddock (ITV)
The 50-year-old Liverpool and West Ham defender had one appearance on the England line-up in 1994. He is perhaps better known nowadays for his appearances on reality TV, including a stint on I’m a Celebrity in 2003 and Big Brother in 2013.
Harry’s Heroes: The Full English airs Monday and Tuesday at 9pm on ITV