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Elton John’s son Zachary signs for Watford academy at the age of seven

Pop superstar and former Hornets owner so proud as eldest son is playing for the Premier League club's academy side

Elton John’s seven-year-old son has signed for Watford.

The pop superstar and former Hornets owner has spoken of his joy at Zachary’s love for football.

Elton John must be delighted as son Zachary signs for the Watford academy side

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Elton John must be delighted as son Zachary signs for the Watford academy side

And now the lad, who already plays for the Premier League club’s academy side, will be staying longer.


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Elton and husband David Furnish also have a five-year-old son, Elijah, who so far seems more interested in music.

Watford’s honorary life president twice owned the club, between 1976 and 2002.

And Elton must be overjoyed at the progress made by Zachary.


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Pop superstar Elton John hops his sons avoid the spotlight, including Watford academy kid Zachary

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Pop superstar Elton John hops his sons, including Watford academy kid Zachary, avoid the spotlight, at least for now

Zachary Furnish-John so far loves football more than his brother Elijah does

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Zachary Furnish-John so far loves football more than his brother Elijah does

He has recently spoken of his desire to focus even more on his kids, at the expense of his touring and composing.

And he said of his sons: “They’re thriving. They’re seven and five now.

“Zachary is incredibly into soccer. He plays for the Watford academy team.”

But, however successful he becomes in football, Zachary is unlikely to match the longevity of his dad’s connection with the Hornets.

The Candle in the Wind singer became the Hornets’ chairman in 1976 at the start of their rise from the fourth-tier to the top flight inside six years under Graham Taylor.

But Elton has admitted younger son Elijah is keener on reaching the right pitch than playing on it.

The six-time Grammy winner, 71, said: “Elijah loves music – they both do – but especially Elijah.”

Elton John, pictured at Wembley Stadium in 1984, when he helped lead Watford to the FA Cup final

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Elton John, pictured at Wembley Stadium in 1984, when he helped lead Watford to the FA Cup final

Elton John must dream of seven-year-old Zachary graduating from fan and academy kid to become a fully-fledged Watford player

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Elton John must dream of seven-year-old Zachary graduating from fan and academy kid to become a fully-fledged Watford player

But, although Elton hopes they succeed at their chosen careers, he would be happy if they stayed out of the limelight for a few years yet.

He said: “They are great kids. We want them to have a normal life, to go to school and not be celebrity kids.”


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