Former England rugby captain Phil Vickery has his head in his hands - but it’s not after being asked about about his country’s chances in this autumn’s world cup.

I’ve tasked the 39-year-old with a times table challenge in his role as brand ambassador for NatWest, at the launch of its Crossrail Place branch today, June 12.

And he admitted maths isn’t his strongest position.

“I’m not very good at all - I can’t even do my daughter’s homework, and she’s only 10,” he joked.

“But six times five - it’s 30.”

Settled in one of the snazzy purple chairs in NatWest’s open-plan meeting space the man who used to be at the helm of the national team is positive.

“I think we’ve got a really, really good chance,” said the ex tighthead prop.

“Everyone is so excited about it.

“As long as the England team use the expectation and public anticipation in a positive way I think it will give a really exciting boost.

“I’m really looking forward to it.

“When I played my first rugby world cup in 1999 people didn’t know it was on - it’s now the third biggest sport.

“It’s amazing.”

Phil was speaking at an event to showcase NatWest’s second bank in Canary Wharf and promote it’s seven day operation on the estate.

He’s had close connections to the bank from his youth and is a strong supporter of the firm’s backing of grass roots rugby.

“I come from the grass roots and it was really important.

“NatWest doesn’t just pay lip service - they get out and do it.”

Full services from mortgages to simple transactions will be offered throughout the week.

Opening hours will starts as early as 8am on some days and run until 8pm every Thursday and Friday.

Branch manager Jonathan Brewer, 25, said: “We’ve got our second bank in Canary Wharf now, and its been much-needed.

“It’s acknowledging we have customers who struggle to get out during the 9-5 and we have to be more convenient.

“We’re really proud to be the only bank in Crossrail Place.

“It’s an indication that we want to be here to serve our customers in Canary Wharf.”

He said the modern, spacious layout with face-to-face interaction - as opposed to assistants working behind a screen - offered a more relaxed experience.

Our customers love it,” he said.

“If they come in their lunch hour, it’s a nice place to come.”

Countdown star Rachel Riley also appeared at the event.