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Man bears the brunt of Jamie Carragher's failed Twitter prank

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"My phone has not stopped ringing"

A man who's mobile number was shared on Twitter by former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher claims that he received over 500 phone calls and 50,000 WhatsApp messages following a failed prank over the weekend.

Scott Forsyth, from Wylam in the Tyne Valley, said that he "panicked" when his phone started to blow up with thousands of messages and missed calls whilst he was driving home. Unbeknown to Mr Forsyth, Reds legend Jamie Carragher had indadvertedly shared his mobile number on his Twitter page - which boasts over a million followers - by complete accident.

Carragher, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports was poking fun at colleague Gary Neville, after the former England full-back squandered a guilt-edged opportunity in front of goal in Sunday afternoon's legends match against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford.

The ex-England international explained to his followers that he was on holiday in Turkey and couldn't view the miss, and asked whether somebody could send it to him; the 41-year-old then posted what he thought to be a completely random number, which in fact turned out to belong to Mr Forsyth.

Speaking to the BBC, the unlucky recipient said:

"I was driving home and my phone wouldn't stop ringing and I started panicking thinking it was some kind of virus."

To make matters worse, Mr Forsyth was waiting to hear back from a recent job interview, which threw even more confusion into the hilariously frustrating situation.

"I was expecting to hear by phone if I had been successful in getting a job as I had been to an interview.

"I have no way of contacting these people so I'm just hoping they email me," he added.

Mr Forsyth said that people were phoning up asking for tickets to Saturday's Champions League final, and some even questioned whether or not his Geordie accent was genuine.

Carragher hastily deleted the tweet, but not before the actual owner of the number he had posted had received more than 50,000 messages on WhatsApp and over 500 phone calls.

Mr Forsyth added: "Part of me is annoyed but part of me can see the funny side." He is yet to receive an apology from Carragher.