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A large part of what I'm trying to do as the captain is to bring out the sport of blind football you know. To the Country.. to get it known. I've been passionate about football all my life and always will be I suspect. But Actually the bit I love is just being with the lads.
Actually I just saw one of the guys trying to pull one of the others guys shorts down. ( Both Laugh ).. Interesting! So you've been blind from a very young age or from birth or.. ?
Yeah I had Glycaemia as a kid but I did all the stuff that everyone else did, so you know, football on the drive way with my dad and he used to let me score goals and things like that. I went to specialist blind schools and we played a lot of football there. I've played 131 times for England and Great Britain.
And how many goals have you got?
124 as of the last Euro Champs.
Couple more than me then! ( Both Laugh )
I am a striker I suppose, that is my job.
When you take a penalty are you guided by the goal keeper or someone behind the goal or something like that?
Yeah we've got a couple of guys who are behind the goal. Who give both posts a tap.. A tap on this side, and a tap on that side. Effectively it's just put the ball down, put your hand on top of the ball, take one step back, release the hands and smash it!
And as soon as it hit's the back of the net, there's nothing better than that.. And the Goal Keeper has sight right?
Yeah the keeper is fully sighted. That's what gives the game it's integrity. You know to score a goal it's got to be a good bit of skill, a good bit of power or it's got to be good accuracy, you know, you're imagining the wall the ball the run up, the whole thing goes in your head.
What's your best memory of playing?
My hatrick against Germany which also took me to 100 goals.
And to against Germany! What about you? What's been the best moment? The best goal?
I mean you know, I've had so many great memories over the years, to be given the captains armband that's one of my highlights in my career.
Something else yeah?
Yeah! But if I had to pick one, It would have to be the goal against Greece.
Ah yeah. I was actually responsible for that goal you know, Because I changed seats before you took the free kick
Oh you did?
I'm superstitious you see, I moved, and I'll take a little bit of credit for that freekick if that's alright! What a moment that was!
It still gives me goosebumps just thinking about it!
I always get given stick for not really having a celebration.
But we're too old to be celebrating now ( Both Laugh )
I'm just delighted it goes in!!
I know ( Both Laugh )