He told his story with engaging warmth and charm yesterday, radiating pleasure at reaching international football in a career which at times had threatened to spit him out altogether. Injuries led to him shuttling around Wycombe Wanderers, Halesowen Town, Northampton Town and – via Glenn Hoddle’s Spanish football academy for unattached players – Sevilla and Celtica Vigo reserves. It was there that he was picked up by Grenada and Cadiz, on loan, before joining current club Watford.
“I’m definitely different. If you talk to my team-mates they’ll all say that,” he said. “Good different, though! I think it’s bad if everyone is the same. It’s good to have a little bit of variety with a different outlook on life compared to the cliched footballer. I came out of the game for a while. I had tendonitis in my right knee so I had to stop for a bit. That has given