As the World Cup draws ever closer,  players are eagerly jostling for a spot in Roy Hodgson’s initial thirty man squad. With the nation’s expectations unusually low despite the Mars advert’s best efforts, no realistic English fans are expecting to see Steven Gerrard lift the trophy come July 13th.

But it turns out that if the Liverpool captain wants to get his unlikely hands on a World Cup, he should look to book a flight to Zheijiang, China, rather than Brazil.

In the strange sporting news story of the day, customs officials in Zheijiang have confiscated over 2,000 counterfeit World Cup trophies. It is believed that the fakes were due to be exported to Libya.

With the World Cup fast approaching, China began a crackdown this month on football-related copyright infringements and officials in Zheijiang have almost literally struck gold.

Gerrard is currently closing in on one medal that has eluded him during his illustrious career, with Liverpool favourites to lift the Premier League crown.

Maybe a flight to China could plug another gap in his personal medal collection?