DAVID JAMES is swapping his football boots for dancing shoes as heads for the Strictly Come Dancing dancefloor.
He has already shown off some of his moves at the Strictly launch which was shown on September 7. Here is what we know about the footie star.
What has David James said about Strictly Come Dancing?
The ex-goalkeeper has revealed he was enticed to the show by former swimmer Mark Foster – but is already feeling the burn from dancing.
He said: “I’ve had to keep it a secret for so long. I told my mum and she put it up.
“I’ve been asked to do it a number of times and I had a chat with Fos and he said it’s an amazing experience a great show.
“I did have a practice go… I was knackered, it was just doing the simple moves. I might start doing some dance art (now that I’m joining the show), as opposed to the art of dancing.”
In the second week of the competition, David ended up in the bottom 2 and had to face off with James Cracknell – and later saved by the judges.
How much is David James getting paid on Strictly?
David James will be expected to draw in a decent figure for his participation on the show.
Every celebrity is handed a standard £25,000 for their efforts, with some pocketing a quarter of a million last year.
Dancers will also net a decent sum if they get far in the competition, with the figure rising to £75,000 for semi-finalists while the winner could take home £100,000.
Who is David James’ Strictly Come Dancing partner?
As David stands at 6ft 4in it came as no surprise he had been partnered with Nadiya Bychkova, who is 5ft 8in.
Surely, the professional dancer will be looking to improve on her performance last year, as she placed 14th with Lee Ryan last year.
The pair are probably the tallest couple to hit the dancefloor.
What is David James’ net worth?
The retired footballer is reportedly worth $15 million, which is roughly a little more than £12 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
He has amassed such a fortune mostly thanks to his successful football career, with him joining Liverpool in 1992 and staying there until 1999.
While at Liverpool he played 214 matches, this was the longest period he has been with a single team for.
From 1999, James was with Aston Villa until 2001, he then moved to West Ham United from 2001 to 2004.
Who did David James play football for?
David started his goalkeeping career at Watford, before moving to Liverpool at the age of 22.
He spent seven years at Anfield, yet only lifted the League Cup in the trophy department.
After over 200 Premier League appearances for the Reds, James embarked on a journeyman career around England and eventually going global.
Spells at West Ham and Manchester City – the latter where he famously played as a striker in 2005 – proved unfruitful, before picking up the FA Cup at Portsmouth.
Bristol City and Bournemouth were also added to his CV before heading to IBV Vestmannaeyja in Iceland and India’s Kerala Blasters.
James was also one of the England’s best goalkeepers at his peak, featuring 53 times for the Three Lions, but only made his World Cup debut in 2010, becoming the oldest ever to do so – at the age of 39 years and 321 days.
James eventually retired in 2014 after 26 years as a professional in December last year.
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When is Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on?
The official start date for the live Strictly Come Dancing shows began on Saturday, September 21, with the final coming on Saturday, December 14.
The show will air on BBC One and is shown on this channel every Saturday and Sunday until mid-December.
All episodes will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer after airing.