Chesney Hawkes is taking credit for England's win over Wales at the FIFA World Cup 2022 following his surprise halftime performance.
The 51-year-old pop star — who had a number one hit with The One And Only in 1991 — left some football fans baffled when he appeared on the pitch at the Janoub Stadium in Qatar to perform his 90s classic.
Following a 0-0 score at halftime, England quickly managed to net two goals in the second half and went on to win the match 3-0. This meant they automatically qualify for the last-16, with three matches to go to get into the final.
Hawkes tweeted: "1st half 0-0 Half time #chesneyeffect Full time 3-0 Boom #chesneyeffect #ChesneyHawkes"
The hashtag #chesneyeffect quickly began trending on social media and Hawkes shared a video of himself on TikTok in an England shirt pretending he was being sent on to play for the team.
One fan tweeted: "Oh no. Was it Chesney Hawkes who made the difference? Will he have to play at half-time all the time now?"
Hawkes replied: "I'm in!"
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And another said: "Southgate gets criticised for his tactics, but you have to say bringing on Chesney Hawkes at half-time was a masterstroke #WALENG"
There are already calls for Hawkes to perform at halftime at every subsequent England match during the tournament.
But some younger fans were a little confused by Hawes' appearance.
One asked: "Am I alone in wondering who Chesney Hawkes is? The name rings a bell but I haven't the faintest idea who it is."
Another tweeted: "Having to explain who Chesney Hawkes is to my partner’s younger brother… apparently “he’s the one and only” wasn’t an acceptable explanation #englandvswales #worldcup"
And there was also outrage from fans watching on the BBC as Hawkes' performance was not broadcast live, with pundit commentary on the match so far shown instead.
Among the many voicing their outrage on Twitter, one complained: "Chesney Hawkes' half-time performance not being shown is a far bigger scandal than the decision not to broadcast the opening ceremony."