When the lineup for Thursday night's Question Time was announced, one name in particular raised a few eyebrows.
Why is Jermaine Jenas on Question Time?— Tom Middleton (@middy1993) March 3, 2016
Why is Jermaine Jenas on Question Time? Surprised he's not been ruled out through injury #bbcqt— Tom Chapman (@tomchapman16) March 3, 2016
The former England footballer was following in the footsteps of Burnley centre back Clark Carlisle and Joey Barton by taking a seat on the political debate show so the pressure was on.
Unfortunately he didn't get off to a great start, using a football contracts analogy in an attempt to explain David Cameron's negotiations with the EU (watch the clip above).
He said: "The scaremongering tactics, I don't know if I can use a footballing phrase, this has been used by footballers and agents for years.
"You get a top player at a club, let's use Wayne Rooney for example, and he wants a new deal at that club and the agent will then go to Real Madrid or he'll go to Liverpool and he'll go 'right, get interested in our player' and he'll almost force United's hand to make sure he gets the deal he wants and it's no different from this."
Needless to say, it fell a little flat.
Jermaine Jenas is lost already. Poor fella #bbcqt— FPL Bonus Points (@BonusFPL) March 3, 2016
Well Jermaine Jenas is certainly worth his appearance fee so far.... #bbcqt— Iain Dale (@IainDale) March 3, 2016
I wish I'd put money on Jermaine Jenas one day appearing on #bbcqt when he was at Forest.— Richard Osman (@richardosman) March 3, 2016
Jermaine Jenas surely in line for promotion to shadow cabinet after this performance. #bbcqt— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) March 3, 2016
Fortunately for Jenas, he finished in far stronger fashion by backing a 50p tax rate - one that would apply to himself.
When you find out Jermaine Jenas supports the 50p tax rate and is a tax and spend kinda guy. The Anti-Sol Campbell. pic.twitter.com/vsELS839UF— Benjamin Cook (@bd_cook) March 3, 2016
BIG JERMAINE JENAS WANTS TO RAISE TAX BACK TO 50P!!!— Euan Rowe (@euan_rowe) March 3, 2016
WHAT A GEEZA.#JJ4PM
I really rate Jermaine Jenas tonight. And refreshing to see a minted footballer advocate a higher tax rate for top earners #bbcqt— Alex (@alexxaitken) March 3, 2016