Man Utd and City rivals Lingard and Stones spend time with lion and chimp as they visit Dubai zoo during international break

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JESSE LINGARD and John Stones hope to be Lion kings in the near future.

But for now the crocked England duo – and big Manchester rivals – are visiting big cats and a gifted chimpanzee at a Dubai zoo.

Man Utd star Jesse Lingard poses in front of the lion on the Saturday trip to the zoo
Man Utd star Jesse Lingard poses in front of the lion on the trip to the zoo
Jesse Lingard makes friends with the chimp after popping to a Dubai zoo with fellow England crock John Stones during the international break
Jesse Lingard makes friends with the chimp after popping to a Dubai zoo on Saturday with fellow England crock John Stones during the international break

United midfield dynamo Lingard is known for having a tiger in his tank but as he donned a long white robe and headgear he was snapped with a roaring. pawing, caged lion just inches behind him.

City defender Stones joined him on an animal expedition that included visiting a tent to see a chimp perform tricks.

Lingard, 26, even seemed to kiss the ape – perhaps in gratitude for the privileged show they were getting.

Stones, 24, neglected the Middle East-style thawb worn by Lingard in favour of more traditional clothing for Western tourists – shorts, T-shirt and canvas shoes.

The pair walked around the park before popping inside the tent to to see the chimp – greeting it with pat on the back.

After it jumped on a stool to eat, the chimp did several spins and appeared to dance.

Perhaps it got the idea from watching penalty-area theatrics in the Premier League and decided such a show was the best way to make Lingard and Stones feel at home.

The two World Cup stars had watched from afar the previous night as Gareth Southgate’s ever-more-youthful Three Lions outclassed the Czech Republic 5-0 in the European Championship opener at Wembley.

And, while Stones was visitng big cats, it was club-mate Raheem Sterling who notched a hat-trick to suggest he is now England’s mane main.

John Stones and Jesse Lingard were treated to tricks by this chimpanzee at the zoo
John Stones and Jesse Lingard were treated to tricks by this chimpanzee at the zoo


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