Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton, Prince William and George at the zoo. If the Duke of Cambridge gets his way, the 22-month-old prince will get to visit Villa Park soonClarence House

It's an ancient tradition as old as football itself – dads taking their offspring to watch their favourite team play a match. And Prince William is no different.

In an interview with Match of the Day for the FA Cup Final on Saturday 30 May the second in line to the throne says he is raring to take son Prince George to watch his favourite football team Aston Villa - but he'd have to get that past "the missus", Kate Middleton, first.

Aston Villa play Arsenal in the final and William, a Villa fan, said it would be "fantastic" if his 22-month-old son decided to follow the Birmingham club, although "it will probably end up being that [Princess] Charlotte is the Villa fan".

In his first broadcast interview since the birth of Princess Charlotte, William, the president of the Football Association, told presenter former Spurs striker Gary Lineker he was "terrified" about presenting the trophy to the winning team.

The Duke of Cambridge said he didn't know when he'd be able to take George to a match, adding: "I'll have to pass that by the missus, see how I can get away with it. At the moment, being only 22 months, it's a little bit early."

Tim Sherwood
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood might be waving to Prince George in the Holte End soonGetty Images

It would be the "responsible thing" to allow George to "make his own mind up" about which team to support but he may be "quite biased", said the Duke.

"Of course he can support whoever he wants, but if he supports Villa, it'd be fantastic. I'd love to go to the odd match with him in the future. It'll probably end up being that Charlotte is the Villa fan, and George will go and support someone else.

"I think it's been an interesting season for Villa, the last two seasons have been quite hard work, being close to relegation. The guys have battled through, they've done seriously well. And I'm really excited about Tim [Sherwood's] leadership, he's doing a really great job with them."

William said he decided to support Villa while at school because "I wanted to have a team that was more middle of the table, that could give me the more emotional rollercoaster moments. To be honest, now looking back, that was a bad idea. I could have had an easier time."