Exclusive: Neil Diamond reveals Caroline was a huge Italy fan ​

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Neil Diamond has revealed the woman who served as the inspiration behind his 1969 hit ‘Sweet Caroline’ was a huge fan of the Italian national football team.

The 80-year-old crooner made the startling revelation after watching England’s post-match celebrations following their 2-1 semi-final victory over Denmark last night.

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The Three Lions have adopted the song as their unofficial anthem of the Euros and the 66,000 fans inside Wembley Stadium belted out the classic at the full-time whistle last night.

However, following Diamond’s admission, it will come as a massive disappointment to everyone involved with the English national side that Caroline will be hoping they get trounced in the final.

‘Caz is a huge Azzurri fan’, Diamond told Paddy Power News.

‘She was in the Italian changing room celebrating with the team when they won the 2006 World Cup’.

‘Between us, Andrea Pirlo was absolutely smitten with her. He bombarded her with messages and sent her bouquets of roses but she repeatedly spurned his advances’, revealed the “Cracklin’ Rosie” singer.

Meanwhile, Caroline, real name Carolina Sofia Baggio, substantiated the claims by posting a photo of herself in an Italian football jersey to Instagram along with the caption ‘Football’s coming Rome, lads. Forza Italia’.

The 83-year-old Naples native said she’ll be present for Sunday’s showpiece final at Wembley having acquired a pair of tickets from Italy skipper Giorgio Chiellini.

In related news, England has been charged with the murder of ‘Sweet Caroline’ at Wembley Stadium last night.

Police were alerted by Northern Ireland supporters who bore witness to the sustained and vicious assault of the eardrums on television.


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