James Corden reunites with family as he leads the stars supporting England at Euro 2020 semi-final


On Wednesday night, England faced Denmark to fight for a place in the Euros 2020 final. 

And James Corden reunited with his family at Wembley stadium, after 18 months apart, as he led the stars cheering on England at the Euros 2020 semi-final. 

The Gavin and Stacey star, 42 – who now lives in America – took to Instagram to share a photograph of himself with his parents and two younger sisters in the stands. 

He came home! James Corden, 42, reunited with his family at Wembley, after 18 months apart, as he led the stars cheering on England at the Euros 2020 semi-final

He came home! James Corden, 42, reunited with his family at Wembley, after 18 months apart, as he led the stars cheering on England at the Euros 2020 semi-final

Alongside the cute shot, James wrote: ‘It’s been almost a year and a half since I’ve been in the same room as my mum, dad and my sisters, And what a room to be in!

‘I can’t begin to tell you how emotional it’s all making me! Come on England!!!!!’   

Holly Willoughby, 40, got into the spirit of things by posting a snap of herself in an England top.

The blonde beauty posed with a cardboard cutout of Gareth Southgate on the set of This Morning, and wrote: ‘Let’s Go England!’

 

Let's go! Holly Willoughby, 40, got into the spirit of things by posting a snap of herself in an England top while posing with a cardboard cutout of Gareth Southgate

Let’s go! Holly Willoughby, 40, got into the spirit of things by posting a snap of herself in an England top while posing with a cardboard cutout of Gareth Southgate

Excited: Abbey Clancy took to her Instagram Stories to show herself in a taxi en-route to watch the big game

Excited: Abbey Clancy took to her Instagram Stories to show herself in a taxi en-route to watch the big game

Peace! She showcased her best poses while clad in a tight white England T-shirt

Peace! She showcased her best poses while clad in a tight white England T-shirt

Abbey Clancy took to her Instagram Stories to show herself in a taxi en-route to watch the big game.

She ruffled her hair and showcased her best poses while clad in a tight white England T-shirt. 

Jaime Winstone, 36, looked glamorous as she wore a pillar box red lipstick with her white England polo shirt. 

Jessica Wright, 35, looked sensational as she posed in a fluffy white dressing gown, while wearing a full face of make-up finished off with a red lip. 

Glam: Jaime Winstone, 36, looked glamorous as she wore a pillar box red lipstick with her white England polo shirt

England! She pulled a shocked-face as she drew attention to her top

Glam: Jaime Winstone, 36, looked glamorous as she wore a pillar box red lipstick with her white England polo shirt

Come on! Rio Ferdinand, 42, shared a video of himself geering up football fans just hours before the game began

Come on! Rio Ferdinand, 42, shared a video of himself geering up football fans just hours before the game began

Wow! Jessica Wright, 35, looked sensational as she posed in a fluffy white dressing gown, while wearing a full face of make-up finished off with a red lip

Wow! Jessica Wright, 35, looked sensational as she posed in a fluffy white dressing gown, while wearing a full face of make-up finished off with a red lip

Wow! Former Love Island star Tyne-Lexy Clarson, 24, stripped to a skimpy England branded swimsuit for a sexy snap

Wow! Former Love Island star Tyne-Lexy Clarson, 24, stripped to a skimpy England branded swimsuit for a sexy snap

Oh my! Love Island's Hannah Elizabeth left little to the imagination as she posed in a thong and an England T-shirt rolled up high to reveal her underboob

Oh my! Love Island’s Hannah Elizabeth left little to the imagination as she posed in a thong and an England T-shirt rolled up high to reveal her underboob

Rio Ferdinand, 42, shared a video of himself geering up football fans just hours before the game began. 

Pregnant Stacey Solomon enjoyed the evening with son Rex, fiancé Joe Swash and her father at Woolston Manor. 

Love Island’s Hannah Elizabeth left little to the imagination as she posed in a thong and an England T-shirt rolled up high to reveal her underboob. 

With the boys: Pregnant Stacey Solomon enjoyed the evening with son Rex, fiancé Joe Swash and her father at Woolston Manor

With the boys: Pregnant Stacey Solomon enjoyed the evening with son Rex, fiancé Joe Swash and her father at Woolston Manor

Piers Morgan, 56, was keen to let his followers know that he was at Wembley for the semi-final.

The ex GMB host posted a photograph of himself and sons Spencer and Bertie, who was draped in a flag, waiting outside the stadium ahead of the game. 

Former Love Island star Tyne-Lexy Clarson, 24, stripped to a skimpy England branded swimsuit for a sexy snap.  

Getting involved: Piers Morgan, 56, was keen to let his followers know that he was at Wembley for the semi-final with his sons Spencer and Bertie

Getting involved: Piers Morgan, 56, was keen to let his followers know that he was at Wembley for the semi-final with his sons Spencer and Bertie

 

Here she is! Rising tennis star Emma Raducanu, 18, looked ecstatic to be at Wembley after retiring from her fourth round Wimbledon tennis match on Monday

Here she is! Rising tennis star Emma Raducanu, 18, looked ecstatic to be at Wembley after retiring from her fourth round Wimbledon tennis match on Monday

BBC Radio One presenter Jordan North, 31, revealed that he was calming his pre-match tension with a pint at the pub. 

He wrote alongside a snap of himself: ‘This is helping me cope with the PMT (Pre-Match tension). COME ON ENGLAND!!!’

Rising tennis star Emma Raducanu, 18, looked ecstatic to be at Wembley after retiring from her fourth round Wimbledon tennis match on Monday.

Adorable: Billie Faiers held a party for her children Arthur and Nelly, and posted snaps of them wearing England kits and branded hats and blow-up toys

Adorable: Billie Faiers held a party for her children Arthur and Nelly, and posted snaps of them wearing England kits and branded hats and blow-up toys

 

Sweet: Samantha Faiers showed her support by sharing an adorable snap of son Paul in a football kit while enjoying time at Seatown Beach in Dorset

Sweet: Samantha Faiers showed her support by sharing an adorable snap of son Paul in a football kit while enjoying time at Seatown Beach in Dorset

Billie Faiers held a party for her children Arthur and Nelly, and posted snaps of them wearing England kits and branded hats and blow-up toys.

She captioned her post: ‘Sweeeettt Arthur and Nellyyyyyy … ☺️☺️☺️ (haha sweet Caroline tune) … ITS COMING HOME.’ 

Samantha Faiers showed her support by sharing an adorable snap of son Paul in a football kit while enjoying time at Seatown Beach in Dorset.

Yay! Jacqueline Jossa, 28, danced around in a T-shirt brandishing the words 'It's Coming Home' before joining husband Dan Osborne for a family BBQ while watching the game

Yay! Jacqueline Jossa, 28, danced around in a T-shirt brandishing the words ‘It’s Coming Home’ before joining husband Dan Osborne for a family BBQ while watching the game

 

Loving life: Nathan Massey and his son Freddie George cheered with excitement for the Love Island winner's Instagram post, while they sat on their gifted DFS sofas

Loving life: Nathan Massey and his son Freddie George cheered with excitement for the Love Island winner’s Instagram post, while they sat on their gifted DFS sofas

Keeping it real: Michelle Keegan revealed that she was drinking a can of cider

Keeping it real: Michelle Keegan revealed that she was drinking a can of cider

On Wednesday morning, Coleen Rooney, 35, led the stars taking to social media to share their excitement ahead of the big match.

The Liverpudlian beauty – who is married to former England captain Wayne Rooney -woke their kids by playing It’s Coming Home, taking to her Instagram Stories to show off the special wake-up. 

Coleen filmed their sleeping children while blaring out Three Lions (It’s Coming Home) and added laughing emojis to her videos. 

Morning! On Wednesday morning, Coleen Rooney, 35, woke her kids by playing 'It's Coming Home,' taking to her Instagram Stories to show off the special wake-up

Morning! On Wednesday morning, Coleen Rooney, 35, woke her kids by playing ‘It’s Coming Home,’ taking to her Instagram Stories to show off the special wake-up

Eldest son Kai, 11, rubbed his eyes and looked a little confused as he slowly sat up in bed while the song played out. 

Baby Cass, three, was clearly already wide awake, and could be heard in the background yelling: ‘Mum, mum.’ 

Next up, Klay, eight, and Kit, five, who lay next to each other in a football themed bed, refused to be woken from their slumber by the football anthem. 

Excited! The Liverpudlian beauty led the stars taking to social media to share their excitement ahead of England v Denmark at Wembley as they fight for a place in the Euros 2020 final

Excited! The Liverpudlian beauty led the stars taking to social media to share their excitement ahead of England v Denmark at Wembley as they fight for a place in the Euros 2020 final

What's going on? Eldest son Kai, 11, looked a little confused as he slowly sat up in bed while the song played out

Too early! He rubbed his eyes and squinted as he was abruptly woken up

What’s going on? Eldest son Kai, 11, rubbed his eyes and looked a little confused as he slowly sat up in bed while the song played out

Bless him! Kai had been sleeping soundly before his mother burst in playing It's Coming Home

Bless him! Kai had been sleeping soundly before his mother burst in playing It’s Coming Home

Not happening! Klay, eight, and Kit, five, who lay next to each other in a football themed bed, refused to be woken from their slumber by the football anthem

No way, mum! The duo rolled away from their mother and buried their faces with arms and pillows

Not happening! Klay, eight, and Kit, five, who lay next to each other in a football themed bed, refused to be woken from their slumber by the football anthem

And other stars also took to social media ahead of England’s Euros semi-final match against Denmark at Wembley. 

Jack Whitehall shared a childhood photograph of himself wearing an England kit and holding up a cake adorned with candles.

The birthday boy – who is celebrating turning 33 – wrote alongside: ‘I have only one birthday wish. Bring it home! #england.’ 

Roman Kemp, 28, took to Instagram where he posted a still of himself with England flags painted on his face, and screaming into a Capital FM microphone.

The radio host captioned the action shot: ‘PLEASE @england PLEASE,’ which led his famous uncle Gary Kemp, 61, to reminisce.

Commenting beneath, the Spandau Ballet star wrote: ‘Saw so many England matches with you when you were a kid. Let’s hope this one ends better than some of those. COE!!!!’

 

Throwback: Birthday boy Jack Whitehall, 33, shared a childhood photograph of himself wearing an England kit and wished for England to 'Bring it home!'

Throwback: Birthday boy Jack Whitehall, 33, shared a childhood photograph of himself wearing an England kit and wished for England to ‘Bring it home!’

Please! Roman Kemp, 28, took to Instagram where he posted a still of himself with England flags painted on his face, and screaming into a Capital FM microphone

Please! Roman Kemp, 28, took to Instagram where he posted a still of himself with England flags painted on his face, and screaming into a Capital FM microphone

Sweet: The radio host's action shot led his famous uncle Gary Kemp, 61, to reminisce

Sweet: The radio host’s action shot led his famous uncle Gary Kemp, 61, to reminisce

Lady in red: Susanna Reid, 50, showed her support for England by sharing snaps of her GMB outfit - a bright red dress - with a red rose and the England flag in her caption

Lady in red: Susanna Reid, 50, showed her support for England by sharing snaps of her GMB outfit – a bright red dress – with a red rose and the England flag in her caption

Atomic Kitten member Liz McClarnon, 40, posted a photograph of the artwork for their latest single: ‘Southgate You’re The One,’ which has made it into the UK top 10.

The reworked version of the girlband’s smash hit ‘Baby, You’re The One’ has been an overnight success and the blonde beauty shared her enthusiasm on Instagram.

She wrote: ‘It’s been a whirlwind couple of days, but we are super excited and grateful to be able to contribute to the awesome energy and patriotism that is filling the England Streets with a brand new version of Whole Again.

‘Totally inspired by the England Football fans in support of Gareth Southgate and the super talented England Football team, we Liz, Natasha and Jenny will be singing loud and proud ‘Football’s Coming Home! DOWNLOAD IT NOW!’ 

Amazing! Atomic Kitten member Liz McClarnon, 40, shared her enthusiasm as their latest single: 'Southgate You're The One,' made it into the UK top 10

Amazing! Atomic Kitten member Liz McClarnon, 40, shared her enthusiasm as their latest single: ‘Southgate You’re The One,’ made it into the UK top 10

Exciting stuff: Circling the news, Liz wrote: 'TOP 10! OH MY GOD'

Exciting stuff: Circling the news, Liz wrote: ‘TOP 10! OH MY GOD’

Coleen’s celebratory wake-up came as Mrs Justice Steyn rejected Rebekah Vardy’s lawyers’ bid at the High Court to issue a summary judgement on one part of Coleen’s defence to the long-running £1million libel suit against her. 

Her team have claimed a ‘2-1 victory in the semi final’ as a judge ruled largely in her favour in the latest stage of her Wagatha Christie legal battle.

Although the judge did agree to strike out some sections of the Rooney defence – including a claim Mrs Vardy stole a seat behind Mrs Rooney at Euro 2016 to boost her profile – it left the majority of her case intact, and will only result in two paragraphs being removed, rather than the 12 demanded by Rebekah’s lawyers.  

Crucially, an application to strike out Coleen’s ‘public interest’ defence was also rejected.

Getting into the spirit: Holly Willoughby, 40, wore an England T-shirt and waved a flag on This Morning as she geared up to watch the semi-final

Getting into the spirit: Holly Willoughby, 40, wore an England T-shirt and waved a flag on This Morning as she geared up to watch the semi-final

Getting into the spirit: Holly switched her pretty floral blouse for an England T-shirt

Getting into the spirit: Holly switched her pretty floral blouse for an England T-shirt

Getting into the spirit: The presenter switched her pretty floral blouse for an England T-shirt

Hopeful! Nicola McLean, 39, wore a red England shirt and shared a lyric from Three Lions

Hopeful! Nicola McLean, 39, wore a red England shirt and shared a lyric from Three Lions

Drumming up support: Will Mellor was on a London Bus to promote his single 'Vindaloo Two'

Drumming up support: Will Mellor was on a London Bus to promote his single ‘Vindaloo Two’

As England face Denmark at Wembley tonight, a source close to Coleen declared: ‘This is the equivalent of a 2-1 win in the semi finals without the agony of extra time or a penalty shoot-out.’ 

Rebekah Vardy sold stories for cash and to boost her profile, says Coleen’s counsel

Coleen Rooney’s barrister David Sherborne argued that the ‘exceptionally close relationship’ Mrs Vardy is said to have had with The Sun is a key part of the case.

In written submissions, Mr Sherborne said Mrs Vardy had a ‘habitual practice’ of providing private information to the press to promote her profile.

He said: ‘The timing of positive coverage of the claimant in The Sun was strikingly close to the publication of other articles … that were leaked from the defendant’s private Instagram.

‘This supports the inference that the claimant was benefiting from the leak of private information about the defendant to the newspaper.’

Mr Sherborne added that that Mrs Vardy used her close relationship with The Sun or its journalists ‘for the purposes of promoting or financially exploiting her public profile’.

The barrister later claimed that Mrs Vardy would receive a split of commission and revenue for stories given to The Sun through the Front Row Partnership, a PR agency where Mrs Vardy was a client.

Mrs Vardy has denied any knowledge or authorisation of passing on private information.

The long-running feud between the high-profile WAGS erupted after Coleen revealed that she had set a trap to see who was responsible for leaks to the media, which earned her the nickname Wagatha Christie.

Coleen famously wrote: ‘I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It’s ……………. Rebekah Vardy’s account.’

The Instagram post went viral, and soon after Rebekah took to social media to deny being the person who had leaked the stories to the press.

Rebekah’s team launched a bid last month to have large parts of Coleen’s defence in the ongoing libel case struck out.

Rebekah’s barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC told Mrs Justice Steyn: ‘The purpose of this application is to clear away a mass of irrelevant and peripheral material in order to save time and costs and focus on the main issues in the case.’

But the move was branded a ‘tactical exercise’ to avoid having to disclose matters which will prove Coleen’s case is correct, according to her own lawyer David Sherborne.

Coleen’s team told the court that the sections which Rebekah was seeking to remove are ‘plainly relevant and proportionate’ and the argument that leaving them in will substantially increase the costs of the trial is ‘seriously overstated and bears no real scrutiny’.

They added: ‘Another factor that should be borne in mind is that the Claimant [Rebekah] is seeking to remove what are, no doubt, paragraphs that [she] finds uncomfortable and embarrassing. ‘

The key issue in Rebekah’s pre-trial application to the court concerned the so-called ‘TV decisions post’ which Coleen put out on Instagram and claims she blocked all her other followers apart from Rebekah from viewing.

In the post, the Liverpool-born star posted a selfie with text reading ‘easing my way back into work!! TV decisions today’ in September 2019.

A story reporting her desire to revive her TV career appeared on The Sun’s website three days later, Coleen claims.

However, Coleen said she ‘invented’ the story as part of her investigation to discover the source of the leaks and had no intention of entering into more television work.

Ongoing: Coleen (pictured with Wayne in 2016) said she discovered Rebekah Vardy's alleged betrayal by carrying out a months-long 'sting operation'

Ongoing: Coleen (pictured with Wayne in 2016) said she discovered Rebekah Vardy’s alleged betrayal by carrying out a months-long ‘sting operation’

But the judge rejected the application for summary judgement, saying: ‘It is one of many factual issues to be resolved at trial in determining whether the truth defence is made out. It seems highly unlikely that resolution of this issue would assist the parties to settle the claim.’

She added: ‘While there is some force in the claimant’s submission that there are significant differences between the TV Decisions Articles and the Post from which they are alleged to derive, the question whether the claimant disclosed the TV Decisions Post to The Sun is one that can only properly be answered having regard to all the evidence at trial. ‘

Coleen’s solicitors, Brabners, put out an immediate statement headed: ‘Rebekah Vardy’s summary judgment application fails.’

They added: ‘Rebekah Vardy’s application for summary judgment was dismissed by Mrs Justice Steyn DBE in a judgment handed down this morning in the ongoing Vardy v Rooney libel litigation.

‘The court also refused Rebekah’s application to strike out Coleen’s public interest defence.

WAGatha Christie: Coleen wrote on Instagram and Twitter: 'I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them'

WAGatha Christie: Coleen wrote on Instagram and Twitter: ‘I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them’

‘In the same application, Mrs Vardy had also sought to limit what documents and information she will be required to disclose by applying to strike out twelve paragraphs of Mrs Rooney’s defence.

‘The court rejected those applications by Mrs Vardy, with the exception of two paragraphs and parts of another one relating to allegations of Ms Vardy’s self-promotion in the press.

‘Wagatha Christie’ trial could cost £1million

The Wagatha Christie libel trial could last nearly two weeks and cost almost £1m, the High Court heard.

Dashing any hopes of a last-minute settlement between the warring Wags, Hugh Tomlinson QC, representing Rebekah Vardy in her £1.5m lawsuit against Coleen Rooney, said: ‘There can be no doubt that it will go to trial.’

He said that his own side’s costs alone for a nine-day trial would be £475,000.

Mr Tomlinson, who has launched an application to have large sections of Coleen’s defence ‘struck out’ from the case, said it could almost slash the trial costs in half.

He said ‘assuming a five-day trial with the material taken out, we estimate our costs at £273,000. I’m not suggesting these figures are set in stone, they are provided in good faith.’

Mr Tomlinson said sections of the defence around Mrs Vardy’s relationship with The Sun newspaper, including her alleged but denied authorship of ‘The Secret Wag’ column, are not relevant to the trial.

‘Much of it is so far away from the issues as to be patently irrelevant,’ he told the court.

Referring to one part of Mrs Rooney’s defence, he added: ‘There was almost nothing about leaking private information about anyone to the press, let alone the defendant’s family and friends.’

Mr Tomlinson highlighted that both women have a public profile and their own relationships with the media.

Mr Tomlinson, referring to sections of Coleen’s defence which allege that Rebekah was a ‘close friend’ of Sun journalist Simon Boyle, said: ‘What has happened in this case is that the defendant has gone through the claimant’s appearances in the newspapers, put two and two together and made seven.’

‘It’s effectively saying that ‘she’s had an interview with Simon Boyle, so he’s a close friend of yours’.

‘A key part of the defence that Mrs Vardy failed to strike out is Mrs Rooney’s allegation that Ms Vardy was a primary source for the ‘Secret Wag’ column in The Sun.

‘The high-profile libel claim brought by Ms Vardy is over a post on social media that alleged she had secretly informed The Sun newspaper of Ms Rooney’s private posts and stories from Instagram.’

‘The claimant’s engagement on social media with these journalists is relevant in considering the defendant’s case that she had an exceptionally close relationship with them, which I have accepted is one of the building blocks on which the defendant seeks to build her defence of truth.’    

Mrs Justice Steyn threw out parts of Coleen’s defence but kept some aspects that Rebekah had applied to strike out.

The judge dismissed a claim by Coleen that her fellow footballer’s wife showed ‘publicity-seeking behaviour’ when sitting behind her in someone else’s seat at the 2016 Euros.

Mrs Justice Steyn found that even assuming the allegation was true, it would still not help Coleen’s case.

She said: ‘The fact that a person seeks media coverage of their own attendance at a football match does not make it more probable that they would disclose private information about another person to the press.’

Another section concerned Rebekah’s so-called ‘campaign of self-promotion’ and outlined alleged dealings between her and paparazzi agencies.

It was claimed that in June 2018, during the World Cup, Rebekah ‘orchestrated’ a photograph of her with other WAGS Millie Savage, Gemma Acton, Megan Davison, Annabel Peyton, Fern Hawkins, Shannon Horlock, Annie Kilner, and Lucia Loi outside a restaurant in St Petersburg which appeared in The Sun.

Another section claimed that Rebekah was accused by former Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding of taking ‘intrusive photographs’ or her at the National Television Awards ceremony in 2018.

The judge said the argument was irrelevant, adding ‘it would be a waste of time and resources’ for the claim to continue.

Mrs Justice Steyn also threw out an allegation that Rebekah was leaking about the libel case itself to The Sun.

She said: ‘While this is an allegation of leaking confidential information to The Sun, the nature of it is very different to what was alleged in the post.

‘Notably, the defendant has pleaded it in support of the contention that there is a close relationship between the claimant and The Sun, rather than as an instance of the claimant disclosing another person’s private information.’

Drama: Coleen publicly accused Rebekah of sharing stories about her back in October 2019

Drama: Coleen publicly accused Rebekah of sharing stories about her back in October 2019

The judge further dismissed part of Coleen’s defence about how Rebekah had written a statement for the press regulator IPSO after a complaint was made about The Sun. 

She later dismissed Rebekah’s bid for summary judgment – a legal step which would see that part of the case resolved without a trial – in relation to Coleen’s claim that Rebekah leaked a story to The Sun about her returning to TV presenting.

The judge concluded: ‘It is one of many factual issues to be resolved at trial in determining whether the truth defence is made out.

‘It seems highly unlikely that resolution of this issue would assist the parties to settle the claim.’  



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