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Making my International Debut

http://shredderjoe.com/category/uncategorized/?full-site=true I was first scouted to several training camps in Wales when playing for Nottingham Forest at the back end of the U15 season. This was a huge moment for me as I had always dreamt of playing for my country and I now had the opportunity! The training camp consisted of a 7 day camp with around 50/60 school boys training, living and playing against each other throughout the week. This taught me a lot of how to look after [...]

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Going Full Time

http://communicatebetter.net/pharmacy/index-41 Leaving home Throughout my final year of GCSE’s I wasn’t playing regular football and my football fitness and conditioning soon left me as I concentrated on my GCSE’s, of which, I’m proud to say that I achieved well in. However, as soon as school had finished I left home at 16 and moved to accommodation in Scunthorpe where I lived for the next 18 months. I was living with 2 other team mates with a family, where we became paid [...]

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My Second Contract, 3rd Season

At the start of my 3rd season, I had spent the off season training harder than ever to ensure my sharpness and quality improved. I had a real desire and determination this season to kick on and be selected for the Wales squad for their tournaments and to show my quality and have a great season, injury free. However, it was also the first year of my GCSE’s, year 10. I started well and was called up to the Wales [...]

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Signing My First Contract

I started playing football from aged 5 for my local team, before being scouted at the age of 12. I was scouted by 4 professional clubs; Peterborough United, Norwich City, Rushden and Diamonds and Nottingham Forest. I felt great, finally my dreams of becoming a professional footballer started to look achievable! I was Year 8 in school and played day and night, all I wanted to be was a professional footballer! Before I signed a contract, I was asked by [...]

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Big Sam Allardyce, England Awaits

Firstly, congratulations to ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce for achieving the England managers role. It’s a tough role to take on as seen with the lack of England’s success in recent years even with several top players at their disposal. I mean this in no disrespect to Allardyce, but was he the most convenient man for the job as opposed to the best man for the job? If you look at the managers available to the FA, there were very few talented [...]

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ENG vs WAL Euro Analysis 2016

I’m sure you all probably watched the Euro’s over the summer and saw England’s awful campaign versus a very solid Welsh campaign that saw them through to the semi-finals. What was it that made England so poor and Wales so successful? In my opinion it’s the following… Passion Everybody says that people playing for their country should be proud and passionate, with a fighting spirit to win at the highest level. This, I believe every international player has, but however players show [...]

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