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Liverpool defender Wisdom abandons car after satnav gaffe

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Wisdom in action for the England Under-21s © PA Photos
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Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom was forced to abandon his £100,000 Porsche in a mud-filled hollow after getting lost while using his satnav to find Derby County's stadium.

The England U21 captain, who joined the Championship side on loan in October, was on his way to Pride Park to play in Saturday's league game against Sheffield Wednesday when he got stuck on a deserted woodland track.

But Wisdom, 20, managed to get out of the car and reach Derby's ground to play his part in a 3-0 victory.

A Derby spokesman: "Andre visited a local shop on the way to Saturday's game against Sheffield Wednesday and, being new and unfamiliar to the area, he programmed the stadium's postcode into his satnav.

"The route provided took him down a less than traditional road, where conditions were also poor. Ultimately his car got stuck and he, along with the club, made suitable arrangements to ensure he was at Pride Park Stadium on time for the game and his car was recovered on Saturday evening."

According to the Daily Mail, the car was stranded around six miles from Pride Park.

Passer-by Pete Irons, a mountain biker who discovered the vehicle and contacted police, told the paper: "I didn't really think much of it when I first saw it. I thought whoever it was was unlucky to have done that but I also thought it would be gone by the afternoon.

"When I came back through the woods a little later with friends it was still there. We were all joking about the poor guy who had managed to get it stuck and how much money it was going to cost them.

"To get to that point he would have to have come through an equally muddy section, I have no idea what he was thinking. I just can't believe he could have got that far to begin with, then to submerge it in that puddle.

"We are miles from any main road and the track doesn't go anywhere -- it's just mind-boggling how he ended up there. They came along and took the registration number of the car, which turned out to be Andre Wisdom's."

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