DENNIS WISE was known for being a hardman on the pitch – but will now have to prove his metal in the jungle Down Under.
The Sun exclusively revealed that the former Chelsea and Wimbledon star, 50, had signed up to take part in this year’s edition of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.
And bosses hope that the diminutive midfielder can bring some backbone to the camp once the programme starts a week on November 26.
Who is Dennis Wise?
A HIGHLY combative midfielder, Wise came through the youth ranks at Southampton before moving to Wimbledon in 1985.
He was a member of the ‘Crazy Gang’, along with Vinnie Jones and Lawrie Sanchez, who fired the Dons to FA Cup glory in 1988 – with Wise providing the cross for Sanchez to head the winner against Liverpool.
After signing for Chelsea in 1990 for a club record £1.6m, he went on to make 332 appearances and scored 52 times for the Blues from midfield.
Famed for his no-nonsense style but often under-appreciated for his skill on the ball, Wise won two more FA Cup’s at the Bridge, as well as the League Cup and Cup Winners Cup.
He gained notierity with some outside of football in 1995 when he was sentenced to three months jail time for an assault on a taxi driver.
After receiving 21 England caps, he moved on from Chelsea in 2001 and had spells at Leicester, Millwall and Southampton, before retiring in 2006 whilst at Coventry.
Wise has managed Millwall and Saints as player boss, before a two-year spell with Leeds in 2006-08, but hasn’t been back in management since.
Is he married with children?
YES, Wise married his wife Claire in 2004.
The pair have two children, Henry and Amber.
How tall is he?
FAMED for his no-nonsense persona on the pitch, Wise was often squaring up to players far larger than him.
The midfielder is just 5ft5, but that didn’t stop him famously swinging a head in at the 6ft4 Patrick Vieira in 2001.
Does Dennis Wise have any phobias and what else has he said about I’m A Celebrity?
Dennis Wise revealed he’s a little claustrophobic and is dreading any trials that might involve a coffin but he’s also fearing the lack of control he’ll have in the Jungle.
“Taking your freedom away is difficult,” he says. “I am lucky enough to be able to take my own children to school, pick them up and do whatever I want in between. That’s being taken away from you.”
His footballing background has definitely given him a competitive edge, “Going on I’m A Celebrity is way harder than playing a competitive football game,” he declares.
“But at least I am used to being in a team environment. You’ve got the different characters like the ones with a big ego and then there will be others who are easy to get on with.”
Dennis says he is quite chilled about it all and he definitely won’t be giving up.
When is I’m A Celebrity back on TV?
I’m A Celebrity 2017 continues tonight on ITV with a 60 minute roundup of the previous day’s activities.
The show usually runs for three weeks.
You can catch up with any missed episodes on ITV Hub.