Parlour was axed by England after making haircut quip to Hoddle’s religion healer

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour was axed from the England squad after he made a cheeky haircut quip to Glenn Hoddle’s religion healer.

Parlour was identified for liking a joke, however he pushed it too far within the eyes of Hoddle in 2000. Speaking on the Stick to Football podcast, delivered to you by Sky Bet, Ian Wright instructed the story when talking about Eileen Drewery, England’s religion healer.

“The boss [Glenn Hoddle] got very spiritual and irate if you weren’t up for it [seeing the faith healer]. I remember Ray Parlour got blown out by him because he never takes anything seriously!

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“When you go in [to see the faith healer] you’re sat there and she comes behind you and hovers her hand over you, and Ray Parlour said, ‘short back and sides please’ – she told Glen Hoddle and Ray was out [the squad].”

Hoddle was well-known for his faith in the healer, and he once told The Sun: “I first noticed Eileen once I was 17 and he or she helped me with an damage.

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Glenn Hoddle
Glenn Hoddle led England within the late Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s

Ray Parlour for England
Ray Parlour made 10 England appearances throughout his profession

“I had seen what she had done with other players. And I thought what we did for my father was incredible. Within 20 minutes she healed the bad back of his that he had for blooming donkey’s years. In a way I looked on her as an extension of the new medical staff.”

One player who backed Hoddle when it came to the faith healer was David Seaman. The goalkeeper claimed she helped him with his injury heading into the 1998 World Cup: “I do know a whole lot of gamers completely binned it off however I’ve by no means identified something prefer it.”