TV star Adrian Chiles has told how he struggled to get out of a river "torrent" hours before covering an England game.

The football presenter and pundit Lee Dixon were in Berne, Switzerland to cover the match for ITV.

Chiles, 45, told the Radio Times: "I remember one occasion in Berne when we were covering an England game.

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"It was an evening kick-off so that morning when Lee and I were out for a stroll, we spotted these people floating down this fast-flowing river. We thought we'd have some of that, so later that afternoon we walked down to the river in just our swimming trunks. Which in itself must have looked very odd.

"We jumped in and were swept off down the river. I can recall going past these beery England fans in a riverside cafe who did a classic comedy double-take at the sight of us two bobbing past.

"And then it suddenly dawned on us that we were going to struggle to get out of this torrent."

Dixon told the magazine: "Fortunately we both managed to grab an overhanging branch and pull ourselves out. But we very nearly had to do that game by live satellite link from the Black Sea or wherever the river would have spat us out."

Former England and Arsenal defender Dixon, 48, said of following in Chiles's footsteps by moving from the BBC to ITV: "Match Of The Day 2 changed when Adrian left. I also missed covering live games and I wasn't looking forward to going into work any more.

"At the BBC you're never commenting on live games. It's all studio work, going to Manchester and sitting in a box for two days. My contract at the BBC was up and I decided I wanted to do something else. It was the best decision I've ever made and I love it."

Asked whether there was anything that they find annoying about each other, Chiles said: "Lee is an extremely cultured and civilised individual, but the other half of him was brought up in the harsh dressing-room environment in which goading and mickey-taking is a way of life. That can be quite hurtful."