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Comedian Simon Brodkin is taken away from the England team by security at Luton Airport. PA

Comedian Simon Brodkin is taken away from the England team by security at Luton Airport. PA

Comedian Lee Nelson (back to camera) and Steven Gerrard at Luton Airport, Luton. PA

Comedian Lee Nelson (back to camera) and Steven Gerrard at Luton Airport, Luton. PA

Comedian Lee Nelson (back to camera), Steven Gerrard (left) Jack Wilshere (second left) and Jordan Henderson at Luton Airport. PA

Comedian Lee Nelson (back to camera), Steven Gerrard (left) Jack Wilshere (second left) and Jordan Henderson at Luton Airport. PA

England's Comedian Lee Nelson is taken away by security at Luton Airport. PA

England's Comedian Lee Nelson is taken away by security at Luton Airport. PA

England's Comedian Lee Nelson is taken away by security at Luton Airport. PA

England's Comedian Lee Nelson is taken away by security at Luton Airport. PA

Comedian Lee Nelson is taken away from the England team by security at Luton Airport. PA

Comedian Lee Nelson is taken away from the England team by security at Luton Airport. PA

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Comedian Simon Brodkin is taken away from the England team by security at Luton Airport. PA

England's football team heading off to the World Cup almost had an extra man on board their plane – a "footballer" from a comedy TV show.

Jason Bent, a creation of comic Simon Brodkin, mingled with the players after they got off the team bus before boarding their plane to Miami at Luton airport.

"Bent" was clad in a suit and tie and his presence first baffled then amused the England players as they waited to go inside the terminal before heading off to two warm-up games, then the World Cup in Brazil. Security swiftly spotted him and he was led away "struggling" and clutching his passport.

Later "Bent" tweeted: "Gutted Roy wouldn't let me on the plane to Brazil. I don't know what to tell the Malaysian betting syndicate now . . ."

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