Iconic black England footballers to be immortalised outside Wembley as Augmented Reality statues during Euro 2020 as John Barnes, Viv Anderson, Rachel Yankey and Eartha Pond stand alongside Bobby Moore thanks to Snapchat lens
The eyes of the football world will be focused on Wembley during Euro 2020Four famous black English footballers will be immortalised as virtual statuesA new Snapchat lens will allow fans to discover more about the quartetJohn Barnes, Viv Anderson, Rachel Yankey and Eartha Pond will be featuredJust five of around 200 football statues in the UK feature black players Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
Four of England’s most iconic black footballers will be immortalised in statue form outside Wembley using state-of-the-art Augmented Reality technology during Euro 2020.
With football coming home over the next month, the eyes of the world will be on Wembley and fans with Snapchat can access something impressive outside the famous stadium.
England’s 1966 World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore has a statue outside Wembley and he will be joined by the virtual likenesses of John Barnes, Viv Anderson, Rachel Yankey and Eartha Pond.
The power of Augmented Reality will immortalised four black England icons as virtual statues alongside Bobby Moore at Wembley during Euro 2020
Fans can access a Snapchat lens to see and find out more about the quartet of black icons
It came as research by Kick It Out, Snapchat and the Augmented Reality company Kugali found that only five out of 200 football statues around the United Kingdom depicted black players.
Indeed, a decade ago, there wasn’t a single statue of a black footballer despite a 25 per cent representation within the English league’s 92 clubs.
Since then, we have seen Thierry Henry immortalised at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium plus Arthur Wharton at St George’s Park and ‘The Celebration Statue’ – featuring Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson – at West Bromwich Albion.
This is the gold ‘BlackBritishPlayer’ lens fans need to look for on their Snapchat carousel
John Barnes on the ball for England during a match against Chile in Santiago back in 1984
Viv Anderson became the first black footballer to play for the senior England side in 1978
But thanks to camera company Snap, Kugali and Kick It Out, those numbers will grow during the Euros with the digital statues appearing through a Lens on the Snapchat Carousel or by scanning a Snapcode.
Snapchat users should open the camera and select the ‘BlackBritishPlayer’ lens, the gold football icon on the carousel. Once opened, you can discover more about the quartet of players and their achievements.
Former Watford and Liverpool winger Barnes won 79 caps for England between 1983 and 1995 before becoming a widely-admired commentator and pundit on television.
Rachel Yankey (left) played 129 times for England’s Lionesses during a distinguished career
Eartha Pond played football at the highest level for Arsenal and Chelsea Women
Anderson was the first professional football player of African descent to play for the England team. His distinguished career saw him play for Nottingham Forest, Arsenal, Manchester United and Sheffield Wednesday plus 30 times for his country.
Yankey won an astonishing 129 caps for England’s Lionesses in a career that saw her win every honour in the women’s game with Arsenal.
Pond played at the highest level in the game for the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea Women before working as an assistant head teacher and charity trustee.
Thierry Henry is one of the few black footballers to have their own statue in the UK
Troy Townsend from Kick It Out said: ‘We’re pleased to be part of this project, which shines a light on brilliant footballing talent, and the contributions they’ve made to the game over the years.
‘It is an opportunity to celebrate Black icons and share their stories, in a new and innovative way.’