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Piers Morgan mocks Jamie Redknapp's 'ego' in brutal Good Morning Britain swipe

staronline@reachplc.com (Jack Hardwick)

Piers Morgan was unable to resist taking a swipe at sporting ace Jamie Redknapp after the footballer appeared on Good Morning Britain.

Jamie, 47, appeared on ITV’s hit breakfast show to talk about his new book Jamie Redknapp: Me, Family and the Making of a Footballer.

The book focuses on Jamie’s first 18 years of his life.

As Jamie appeared on the show, Piers playfully hit out: “It takes some ego to do a series of autobiographies, who do you think you are, Winston Churchill?”

Laughing, Jamie hit back: “Ego. You have got some front Piers!”

Away from the cameras Piers and Jamie are set for a chart battle with Piers’ new book also set to be released this week.

Piers Morgan mocked Jamie Redknapp live on GMB

Opening up about his new book, Jamie said: “It has been fun… it is something I am proud of and something for my kids that they can look at.

“For anyone who wants to know the secret about being a footballer, the truth is we don’t know.

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“It just doesn’t work out like that.

“You have to want it so bad it hurts. I had to work as hard if not harder because of my dad [Harry Redknapp].

“I think that is why I went to Liverpool, the other end of the country, so no one could throw the Bournemouth links at me.

Jamie has urged kids to get off their PlayStations and practice their football skills

Keen to get an understanding of teenage Jamie, Piers probed: “By your own admission you were ‘weird and obsessive’ – you say you wish you had stood up to the bullies and punched them.”

“At school I didn’t enjoy it,” Louise Redknapp’s ex continued.

“The teachers were really good and really influential but there were times people didn’t like that dad was the Bournemouth manager.

“To be a sportsman you have really got to want it so badly and that was something I felt I had to do.

“I had an obsession with football. I had too many days off but it helped my football.”

Jamie added: “As a kid I am incredibly proud of what I achieved.

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“The one thing I would say to kids is that it takes a lot of sacrifice.

“Get off that Playstation and go outside and practise.”

Praising his family for helping turn him into a sporting hero, the dad-of-two continued: “Mum was the rock. She was the softness.

Jamie went to Liverpool to move away from his dad's Bournemouth links
Jamie went to Liverpool to move away from his dad’s Bournemouth links

“When I was in Liverpool when I was 17 it was tough.

“I don’t want people to feel sorry for me but I had an amazing support system with mum.

“Even my brother was supportive – I couldn’t have been like that, I would have had a certain amount of jealousy.

“It can’t have been easy for him with my dad and then myself up in Liverpool.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV

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