Chesney Hawkes Playing During The England And Wales World Cup Game Confuses Everyone

But the 1990s one-hit wonder's half-time show appeared to change the game.
Chesney Hawkes provides half-time entertainment during the FIFA World Cup Group B match at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar.
Chesney Hawkes provides half-time entertainment during the FIFA World Cup Group B match at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar.
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The crunch England against Wales match in the World Cup was dubbed the Battle of Britain. But fans across the divide were united in their bafflement as they were treated to an unlikely performance from musician Chesney Hawkes.

Hawkes, known almost exclusively for his 1991smash hit The One And Only, started to trend on social media as his name was mentioned during the BBC coverage at the end of the first-half of the game.

Yes, the 51-year-old had been booked by the Qataris as the half-time entertainment, and given the dour 0-0 scoreline, those in the stadium appeared grateful for something – anything – as a distraction.

The one-hit wonder blasted out his one hit, and the pictures suggest Hawkes was enjoying himself.

Singer Chesney Hawkes performs during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Wales and England at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on November 29, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.
Singer Chesney Hawkes performs during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Wales and England at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on November 29, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.
Shaun Botterill - FIFA via Getty Images
Shaun Botterill - FIFA via Getty Images

Then a funny thing happened.

Within minutes of the second half commencing, England scored two quickfire goals courtesy of Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden, and looked set fare for the last-16 of the tournament.

Jokers on Twitter were crediting the guitar-slinger for the turnaround.

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