Stephen Warnock may spend the next few weeks on the England bench, but his personality will be a huge asset to Fabio Capello’s men.
So says fellow Scouser Tony Morley who reckons the Liverpudlian’s repartee will have his 22 team-mates crying with laughter down the training HQ and England’s coaching staff creasing with joy during the lull in-between games.
Morley claims that dressing room camaraderie was a key factor during Villa’s European Cup winning run in 1982.
He feels Warnock will bring humour to England’s dressing room as he continues his understudy role to Ashley Cole.
“When I was at Villa, we had five Scousers in the squad and they have got a certain sense of humour and I think that is important,” said Morley, who hails from Warnock’s home town, Ormskirk.
“I think Capello knows, like most managers, that you need a good dressing room.
“You might have 12 of the best players in the world but if they don’t get on and you’ve got a bad dressing room, you aren’t going to be that successful.
“You need a bit of banter, especially with a month away because sometimes it is going to get boring.
“So you need people who you can have a good laugh with and Stephen is that type of person.
“It is funny with Stephen - he is born in the same town as me, but I’ve only ever met him at Villa.
“He actually went to the same school as me so maybe they might get me and him back there to do something one day.
“I’ll probably have to carry his bags if he has got a World Cup winner’s medal.”
Warnock is inevitably having to play the role of dutiful understudy while Cole continues in Capello’s starting XI.
Morley believes Warnock will be ready and prepared should he be needed in the event of injury or suspension to Cole.
“Nobody is expecting him to play but you never know, if someone gets injured, he might get thrown in there,” added Morley.
“He won’t let anybody down and he is a good steady player. He has got to appreciate he has got a fantastic opportunity and, if he does get the chance to play, he has got to make sure he doesn’t freeze and he just enjoys it.
“If he plays his normal game and doesn’t try to do anything flash, he’ll be fine.”