Football player turned to actor Vinnie Jones criticised immigration stating that England has lost its identity.
"There’s nothing to come back to here. To me, England is past its sell-by date. It’s not the country I grew up in. It’s a European country now. If someone blindfolded you and put you on a plane in LA, and you landed at Heathrow and they took it off, you wouldn’t have a clue where you are." he told Radio Times.
Jones was born in Hertfordshire and was captain of the Welsh national football team from 1994 to 1997. He made his film debut in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. You may remember him from his recent role in Elementary as Sebastian Moran.
On immigration, Jones said: “I just think we should get our own house in order before we open our doors. It’s mind-boggling to me”.
He also criticises the addition of foreign players to the English team saying that they have made it “less sporting.”
“Yeah, well, that rolling around, that’s the foreign players. I said it all 15 years ago, that diving would creep in, and also that the England team would suffer, because none of these foreign managers would buy English players. It’s all happening, just like I said it would. The likes of Frank Lampard and John Terry at Chelsea, English players with proper status at a club, they’re going to be like the dodo bird. Extinct.”
Not everything was a criticism to his home country.
He admitted there are some things he misses of Britain that he doesn’t have in his California home: “I get my Walkers crisps delivered once a month. I have a box of Roast Chicken, a box of Salt and Vinegar, and a box of Monster Much. And there’s more Premier League football on TV there than there is here”.
Vinnie Jones will appear in a National Geographic series Russia’s Toughest. He will experience some of the least hospitable sites of that country.