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A Jurgen Klopp lookalike who tricked his way onto ITV’s Lorraine show after partying with England fans has been revealed to be a multi-millionaire property developer.
A reporter on the Lorraine show appeared to believe he had interviewed Liverpool's German manager before Tuesday's last-16 clash at Wembley.
Wearing a full Liverpool tracksuit, complete with Klopp's trademark cap and specs, the lookalike was pictured on the shoulders of supporters, swigging from a can in the streets outside the famous stadium as he sang England's famous anthem 'Football's Coming Home'.
Giving viewers the lowdown from outside Wembley on Wednesday morning following the 2-0 win, ITV reporter Jonathan Swain described the Kloppalike as "a great sport" and "a tremendous chap"
He said: “As I was going into the stadium last night, I caught up with Jurgen Klopp as well, the Liverpool manager, of course he is German.”
Now Ray Cornwell, 61, has come forward as the Kloppalike.
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And he revealed that it was far from a surprise that people had fallen for his ‘Klopp routine.’
He told Mail Online: “The ITV reporter thought I was the real Jurgen Klopp and that just shows how good I am.
“I have nothing but sympathy for him because around 60% of the people I meet when I'm doing my Klopp routine really believe it's him.
ITV reporter Jonathan Swain with the Klopp lookalike before England's win over Germany
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"A German television crew came up to me outside Wembley asking to interview me.
"They started speaking to me in German and I had to tell them that I'm not Jurgen Kopp but I'm "Cheeky Jurgen".
'If they could be mistaken that I was really him then I totally understand how a British person could too. I completely fool people all the time.”
Mr Cornwell, a father of three and Millwall fan, runs a successful property development company in Bloomsbury, central London.
He also owns a hotel in France and runs a chain of Mexican restaurants.
“I’m a self-made man who came from very humble beginnings in South East London.
"You could say that I'm very successful but what gives me great joy and satisfaction is being Cheeky Jurgen. I just love it.”
He also revealed that the idea of becoming a Klopp lookalike came from his seven-year-old granddaughter Annabella, who kept asking him why he was always on TV when Liverpool were being broadcast.
Jurgen Klopp lookalike Ray Cornwell with England fans
He said: "Every time Liverpool were on TV, she would point at it and say, "why is grandpa on television?"
"Over the last few years, I have always been getting comments from people on how similar I looked to the real Jurgen.
"But Annabella said it the most and I thought if my granddaughter really thinks I'm him then maybe I should do something about it."
England beat Germany 2-0 thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane to book a quarter-final showdown in Rome against Ukraine.