On the Ball
With Richard Langley I VE got a few more of your questions to answer this week: Who would you have voted for as PFA Player of the Year and why? I d have gone for Ryan Giggs as well – his influence in the Manchester United team, at his age, has been unbe
With Richard Langley
I'VE got a few more of your questions to answer this week:
Who would you have voted for as PFA Player of the Year and why?
I'd have gone for Ryan Giggs as well - his influence in the Manchester United team, at his age, has been unbelievable.
I've heard a lot of people complaining that he hasn't started many games but, on the basis of the performances he's put in, he's right up there with the best players in the Premier League.
What qualities make a player a good captain?
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A good attitude, the ability to drive on his team-mates, and the will to look after the players around him.
I don't think it really matters which position a captain plays. Some people say you shouldn't have forwards as captains because they're too far from the action, but certain players always inspire people from the way they conduct themselves.
Graham Kavanagh was a great captain when I played for Cardiff and at Rangers people like Gavin Peacock and Danny Maddix were inspirational too.
What's the best way for a player to deal with abuse from the crowd?
I've been on the receiving end of some stick in the past and I think the best thing to do is to silence your critics with your performance. If you play a blinder or get a couple of goals, that can leave fans open-mouthed and speechless.
I think it'd be wrong to lose your focus by getting involved verbally with people who are giving you stick - there are better ways you can respond.
What's the biggest regret of your career so far?
I did a coaching session with kids in Windsor recently and one of them asked me that exact question. My answer was that I haven't got any regrets and I'm happy with the way my career's gone.
I've always practiced and worked as hard as I could. The only thing I'd change is getting injured, but I know I couldn't have done anything about that.
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