Added on 23-Apr-2009
SOCCER star David Wheater shows he’s got talent — by performing a hilarious dance routine to a Queen hit.
The Middlesbrough defender shrugged off his team’s relegation worries and let his hair down with pals at a party.
One of them videoed him doing a side-splitting routine to one of his favourite songs — the Seventies rock anthem Don’t Stop Me Now.
It is clearly a well-rehearsed party trick as David, 22, knows all the words and performs a string of actions to them.
When Freddie Mercury sings “Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity”, the 6ft 5in defender snarls at the camera.
And he mimics making a phone call for the line: “If you wanna have a good time, just give me a call.”
An onlooker said: “Everyone was enjoying themselves. David had had a few drinks and was messing around. He spontaneously decided to put this song on and go for it.
“Middlesbrough fans love David because he is a real star of the future and is a local lad. But even the biggest Boro fan probably didn’t realise he was this good a mover. Centre-halves tend not to be known for their fancy footwork but David is obviously the exception.”
The video lasts one minute 37 seconds and was shot at a mate’s house.
David — who is on the fringes of the full England squad and has 11 under-21 caps — should also relate to another Queen hit, Under Pressure.
For Middlesbrough are just two places above bottom as they battle to stay in the Premier League.
Wheater’s act follows England and Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch’s infamous ‘robotic’ goal celebrations.
In another dancing shocker, Arsenal players Emmanuel Abedayor, Emmanuel Eboue and Kolo Toure were filmed by fans strutting their stuff in a car park.
Former Liverpool ace John Barnes and ex Man United goalie Peter Schmeichel have showed off more traditional dancing routines on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.