What do the world’s most powerful man and an England centre back have in common? They are the same person, according to one unnamed souvenir company.

Barack Obama and England’s Chris Smalling have been confused on a set of England World Cup mugs.

The 'Chris Smalling' mug, featuring Barack Obama, as featured on the Wholesale Clearance website.

The result is hilarious – an image of the most recognisable face on the planet stuck on the side of a mug in amongst the rest of the Three Lions Brazil 2014 squad.

The mistake has made it impossible to sell the 2,000 mugs featuring the faces of the England team, who are already out of the competition.

As a result, the mugs have now been handed to a wholesale company to try and get rid of them, the UK’sIndependent newspaper reports.

The full set of mugs, as featured on the Wholesale Clearance website.

Karl Baxter MD for Wholesale Clearance told the Independent: "The Dorset company in question was given the seemingly easy job of sourcing royalty free pictures of each England squad player to use on the England mugs – along with other accompanying items such as England coasters, England mouse mats etc.

"They passed this onto to their young, bright eyed and bushy tailed new apprentice. The designs were proofed and signed off by their boss.

Chris Smalling and Barack Obama (EPA)

"They immediately contacted us and 2,000 of the England items was dispatched to our warehouse. We eagerly unpacked them and, indeed it turned out that the Chris Smalling cup had Barack Obama’s head on instead of Chris’s."