Lorraine Kelly will represent her native Scotland on Friday as she travels to Wembley Stadium to watch them play against England at Euro 2020.
And Spice Girl Mel C will join her in cheering on the opposing team.
But Lorraine insists any rivalry will be sporty and cordial – and that she was one of the first to chat with Mel and her fellow Spice Girls when they were catapulted to stardom in 1996 with their debut single. Wannabe.
“I tried on their chunky shoes and the nation saw my panties! Lorraine Kelly recalled meeting the Spice Girls in 1996 as she prepares to watch England vs Scotland with Sporty Spice Mel C
“The first time they played Wannabe on TV was on the South Shore for GMTV,” recalls Lorraine, 61, in a conversation with MailOnline. “They were this new group of girls – and I thought to myself then they had something.
“They were smart. There was something for every little girl. And then, of course, they went from strength to strength. It’s nice to see them do their own things too. It’s a great group of girls.
Wannabe – who celebrated her 25th birthday this week – went straight to number one, with Lorraine interviewing the group – which also includes Mel B, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham and Geri Horner – about it at the time.
“I interviewed them a few months later when they became number one. And Mel B brought her big shoes and I tried them on, ”recalls Lorraine. “I did that Zig-A-Zig-Ah high kick and the whole nation saw my panties. I’m sure that’s not what they wanted to see!
25 years later: “I interviewed them when they got number one. And Mel B brought her big shoes and tried them on, ”recalls Lorraine.
Friendly rival: Lorraine will represent her native Scotland on Friday as she travels to Wembley Stadium to watch them play against England at Euro 2020. And Spice Girl Mel C – there to cheer on the opposing team
By joining Sporty Spice Mel C on Friday to watch the game, Lorraine’s excitement is palpable.
“I’ve never been to Wembley! Every time I watched Scotland play they were overseas or in Hampden, ”she said. “And I haven’t seen my team, Dundee, play in ages. I miss it so much !
“These games – you throw a shape out the window. On paper, England is better than us. But you can’t watch this. Things are more to do with passion or luck or what happens on the day.
“Apparently 86% of Scottish fans say beating England would be as emotional as winning the whole tournament! So this game means a lot.
She wears them well: “I did that Zig-A-Zig-Ah high kick and the whole nation saw my panties. I’m sure that’s not what they wanted to see! Lorraine remembers
Scottish spice? Wannabe – who celebrated his 25th birthday this week – went straight to number one, with Lorraine interviewing the group about it at the time
“When England won the World Cup in 1966, Scotland beat England the following year, while Jim Baxter was playing. My dad still talks about it as one of the moments in football. So it could be a momentous victory! “
Lorraine has been a football fan for decades, her husband Steve taking her to watch Hearts play Dundee United in Tannadice on their first date in 1985.
“I know it’s just a game, but the passion is there, and the Tartan Army are great ambassadors for Scotland,” she adds. “Anytime you see them overseas, it’s like an invasion, and it’s all good fun.
“Obviously the very small minority are going too far and drinking with their heads empty, which is a real shame. But on the pitch, at the whistle, they will shake hands.
Lorraine insisted, “I’m going to give Mel C plenty of hugs, whoever wins!” “
Pals: Lorraine is working with Booking.com, along with Mel C, Mark Wright and Nathan Evans, for their #RivalsReUnited campaign
“And I’ll hug Mel C a lot, whoever wins!” “
Lorraine is working with Booking.com, along with Mel C, Mark Wright and Nathan Evans, for their #RivalsReUnited campaign.
They aim to bring opposing fans together after their research showed that six in 10 English (62%) and Scottish (62%) fans say football fans are rivals on the pitch but friends outside.
England vs Scotland Euro 2020 will be broadcast on ITV from 8 p.m. Friday.
Three lions! Mel will carry the England flag in Friday’s game [pictured at Euro 96]