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Phillip Schofield says he was ‘enormous disappointment’ to his footballer dad

Phillip Schofield admitted his dad was "disappointed" he showed no interest in football during Tuesday's instalment of This Morning.

The 58-year-old presenter, along with his co-star Holly Willoughby, interviewed legendary author Jilly Cooper on the show, discussing her new book.

During the chat, Jilly, 83, revealed she is writing a book in which the lead character manages a football team, leading to a good deal of footie research.

However, Phil admitted he was clueless when it came to kickabouts, despite his dad's encouragement throughout his childhood.

Phil revealed his dad Brian, who tragically died in 2008, was a celebrated footballer, recalling reading newspaper headlines praising his prowess on the footie pitch.

However, Phil didn't inherit his love of the sport, as he said: "It was always a great disappointment to my father, who was a great player."

He added: "Both my brother and I were both enormous disappointments to him."

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