John Barnes’ Wikipedia page hacked by genius prank which had long gone unnoticed

Eagle-eyed football fans have noticed a genius prank on the Wikipedia page of England legend John Barnes.

Barnes enjoyed a 19-year playing career which took in spells at Watford, Liverpool, Newcastle and Charlton Athletic.

He was capped 79 times by England and featured at both the 1986 and 1990 World Cup.

Prior to Italia 90, Barnes played a prominent role in England's official World Cup song, World In Motion.

The John Barnes Rap gained iconic status among football fans and is regularly repeated before major tournaments.

And now it's lyrics have been mimicked as part of a cleverly disguised prank on the 57-year-old's Wikipedia page.

Under the section entitled 'Tactical Approach', one brilliant user has written: "Teams managed by Barnes are taught to either hold or give the ball, though crucially they must do it at the right time.

"When in attack, Barnes' sides attempt to get the ball to the line at a variety of speeds ranging from slow to fast.

"In team talks Barnes always warns his players to be wary of the opposition's attempts to hit them and hurt them in both defence and attack.

"One criticism levelled at sides managed by Barnes is that one way they beat their opposition is as a result of getting around the back.

"John Barnes, although born in Jamaica, is a self proclaimed England man, and he refers to his tactical strategy as "the masterplan".

"Barnes is noted for his opposition to both hooliganism and football songs, and also for his firm belief that, with the crest of the club on their chests, his players cannot go wrong."

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