Strictly Come Dancing 2019 has started announcing its 2019 line-up, with ex-England goalkeeper David James the first official name announced. David James first played football for England at the age of 27 and was part of the team until 2010. The Strictly cast member is the oldest of the Strictly contestants who have been announced so far.
David James was born on August 1, 1970, meaning that today (Thursday, August 1) is his 49th birthday.
The new Strictly contestant began his football team at the age of 16, when he played for the youth team of Watford.
He played football as a goalkeeper until 2014, when he retired from the game at the age of 44.
At 49, he is the oldest of the Strictly Come Dancing contestants announced so far.
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Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestant David James is 49 years old (Image: BBC)
He was announced alongside EastEnders star Emma Barton, 42, and the comedian Chris Ramsey, 32, on the July 31 edition of The One Show.
The following day, social media star Saffron Barker, 19, was announced as the fourth Strictly contestant.
Speaking on The One Show, James revealed that he had been offered Strictly in the past when he was younger but had turned it down.
He also said: “I’m really excited to be on