Sunderland players Lee Cattermole and Fabio Borini ready to hit the catwalk at Fashion Strikes

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BLACK Cats were hoping to be cool cats after getting kitted out ahead of a charity catwalk extravaganza.

Sunderland players Lee Cattermole and Fabio Borini tried on some stylish clothes for size ahead of Fashion Strikes, held in aid of the Foundation of Light.

Lee Cattermole and Fabio Borini Sunderland AFC footballers preparing for Fashion Strikes

Lee Cattermole and Fabio Borini Sunderland AFC footballers preparing for Fashion Strikes

The duo were at the Metrocentre, in Gateshead, as they picked out a number of outfits to tie in with the fund-raiser’s All That Jazz theme.

They tried on suits and casual wear before slipping into pyjamas and dressing gowns from stores House of Fraser and Tessuti.

Italian Fabio, 22, who became an instant hero to Black Cats fans after scoring the winner in last month’s 2-1 derby victory over Newcastle United, said he is looking forward to hitting the catwalk.

The striker, who is on loan at the Stadium of Light from Liverpool, said: “I did a fashion show when I was younger, but that was a while ago now.

“The lads have told me about it and they mentioned how big an event it is for the club and the foundation, so we are all looking forward to the night.

“It’s a totally different environment for us to be in, but I’m sure we can do it properly.”

Fashion Strikes, which takes place on Monday at the stadium, is held to raise money for the foundation’s sport and education-based programmes, which are used by more than 40,000 people each year.

The event also includes a three-course dinner, entertainment and an auction, with all proceeds going towards the charity.

Midfielder Lee, 25, who sported a James Bond-style tuxedo, said: “It’s the fifth year I’ve been at the club, but only the second time I’ll have done the show.

“I was a bit nervous doing it last time, but we’ll do anything to help the foundation, it’s an amazing thing which helps so many people.

“Last time was a new experience for me and I’ve got to give professional models every credit, because we don’t feel confident at all going up there!

“Fabio’s a good dresser, Steven Fletcher’s not bad and Phil Bardsley has a go too, so we aren’t a badly dressed team.”