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Is that Fabio Capello? No, it’s a brickie from Derry

By Paul Smith

Bricklayer Michael McElhinney is laying firm foundations as a ringer for England football chief Fabio Capello.

Michael (48), originally from Londonderry but who now lives in London, only realised his resemblance to Capello when he went to a wedding in Rome with wife Lisa in 2007.

“When the waiters and waitresses were serving me they were smiling, then I saw people pointing at me.“

The Man Utd and Republic of Ireland fan has been attracting attention since Capello took the job in 2007.

And he's getting used to mixing with fans and celebrities. He sent photos to agents and was quickly snapped up to meet and greet at parties — and he even makes speeches at charity dinner events.

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