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Uri Geller says England will win the Euros – but only if he can give the Lionesses a pep talk.
The legendary spoon-bender has a history of using his powers to tinker with major football matches. At Euro 96 he claims to have “moved the ball” so Scotland’s Gary McAllister missed a penalty as England won 2-0. And he has urged England coach Sarina Wiegman, 52, to let him meet with her team.
Uri, 72, who got 11,000 hate letters from angry Scots afterwards said: “I wish the coach would have the sense to invite me to inspire and give a positive attitude to the women.
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“I believe that if she has the courage to invite me, they will win the tournament. I will not use my paranormal abilities to move a football again.
“I learned a lesson never to interfere with football again paranormally because it is basically illegal. I will just inspire and motivate them.
“I will tell them you have to visualise yourselves scoring goals and you are going to score goals. You are going to be full of energy and you’re going to beat the team that you are playing.”
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Uri, whose Israel museum boasts a shirt won by Diego Maradona, became hooked on the women’s game after wife Helen encouraged him to watch.
And he’ll be tuning in as England take on Sweden in tonight’s semi-final at Bramall Lane in Sheffield. He added: “The skill and the talent that you’ve got on the pitch with women is simply extraordinary. It’s a joy to see them play.”
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