The Westlife interpretation of Peter Crouch and Wayne Rooney

English quartet Peter Crouch, Gareth Barry, Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney once blasted Westlife hit ‘Flying Without Wings’ outside a possibly confused Manchester pub.

The former Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United aces took to the microphone to celebrate the current Derby County manager’s birthday as all four players were in their prime. While the rest of the country were more used to players saving and scoring goals, the former England team-mates believed they could all get a good deal on the mic after a few drinks.

However, Crouch gave his many listeners an accurate glimpse of a fascinating night on the town which saw Crouch, Hart, Rooney and Barry become Westlife for the evening. “It was Wayne Rooney’s birthday party and we were in Manchester,” Crouch said on “That Peter Crouch Podcast”.

“We sang Westlife, ‘Fly Without Wings’. Wayne was Shane, he was the lead singer. I was more of a backing vocalist.

“But it was a decent performance. It went well. I have the video somewhere, but I can’t find it for the love or the money.

The hilarious story came about when then-guest Alan Shearer was talking about his fundraising activities in Newcastle. Each year, Shearer organizes a foundation ball which raises funds for an activity and respite center for children with disabilities in Newcastle.

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Wayne Rooney was considered the lead singer of the Premier League boy band

Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Nicky Bryne and Kian Egan of Westlife (LR) at the Pride Of Britain Awards 2021

The likes of Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne, Lewis Capaldi and Mumford and Sons headlined his balls. However, Shearer was less than enthusiastic about Crouch and the rest of the Premier League boys band reforming for another successful prom performance.

“Yeah, that would be an example of how not to fundraise,” Shearer joked, when Crouch volunteered to be the foundation’s lead act. Instead, Crouch will have to settle for a permanent, front-row position or a music festival mosh pit.