POOLE sailor Sam Chapman showed his support for England ahead of this summer’s World Cup by posing with this huge football shirt onboard his naval ship.

The former Cornfield School pupil gathered around the 50ft long England shirt with his crew on the flight deck of HMS Kent.

Engineering Technician Chapman is likely to be at sea when the world cup kicks off in June.

But he will able to follow the antics of Gerrard, Terry and Rooney onboard the frigate after it was fitted with a new high-tech television receiver.

Team sponsor Nationwide took the world's largest England shirt to Portsmouth Naval Base to drum up support for the team on HMS Kent.

It has been signed by England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce, World Cup winner George Cohen and record cap holder Peter Shilton.

More legends will sign the shirt as it stops off at Nationwide branches across the country before travelling to South Africa in time for kick off on June 11.

ET Chapman said he does not usually follow domestic football but will be supporting England at the World Cup.

The 19-year-old said: “I’m really looking forward to getting behind our boys at the World Cup.

“We’ve been told we will be able to watch the games while at sea and there will be a great party atmosphere onboard all the time we keep winning.

“I’m usually more of a rugby fan but you can't fail to take an interest in international football competitions. This is huge. Hopefully the players will stay fit and carry us all the way to World Cup glory.

“Today has been a great opportunity to get our voices in tune and to practise our cheering.”

Lieutenant Verity Fane-Bailey, from HMS Kent, said ET Chapman will be allowed to take time off to watch the England matches – even if they are at sea.

She said: “We are due to be at sea for some of the World Cup but we have just had a new receiver fitted that allows us to get more television channels and a good reception.

“I’m sure Sam and the crew will be able to take some time off to watch the football and show their support for the team.

“It should be great for morale.”

The shirt is due to stop off at the Poole High Street branch tomorrow between midday and 1pm.

Visitors can enter a competition to win a signed England shirt and pick up a free poster and car sticker.

England play their first game in Rustenburg on June 12 against USA.