Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen explains how he ended up on the cover of Chicken and Egg magazine
When somebody mentions Joe Allen, do you think of him as a Premier League footballer or as a poultry obsessive?
Surprisingly, both answers are correct. Yes, Allen is primarily known as one of Liverpool's many, many midfielders but equally noteworthy is that Allen has SIXTEEN pet chickens - 14 hens and two cockerels.
It is this passion for poultry that saw Allen end up on the cover of the spring edition of Chicken and Egg magazine.
In a press conference for the Welsh national team today, Allen was quizzed about the bizarre cover photo, and he explained how it happened.
"I'm surprised you brought that up actually," Allen laughed..
"It's a big thing with my wife, it is a big passion of hers. She does a lot with animal charities. That is just my way of showing support."
Allen was also interviewed in the magazine, where he delved a little deeper into why he raises chickens.
"Lacey [his wife] was behind the decision... we both have an interest in animal welfare but she came up with the idea to save hens and I agreed it was something that would be great to do" he said to the magazine.
“We didn’t have any hens growing up but wanted to help chickens after they finished their commercial lives."
He also revealed all 16 of his chickens' names - the roosters are called Bruce and Rodney while the hens are named Meg, Leg, Silkie Steve, Kate, Silkie Steve junior, Giblets, Snowy, Nugget, Kiev, Dora, Holly, Shimmer, Shine and Chickaletta.