Micah Richards has shared a hilarious story about his first-ever England coaching camp, involving Steven Gerrard, a pair of magic boots and a sprinkling of Scouse wit. The previous Manchester City full-back, then 18 years outdated, had acquired his first senior call-up for a global pleasant towards the Netherlands in 2006 when catastrophe struck.
Caught up within the pleasure of representing his nation for the very first time, Richards had forgotten to test his equipment bag earlier than travelling with the remainder of the squad. When he arrived at base camp, he realised the Man Metropolis kitman had unintentionally packed 4 left-footed boots.
However fortunately for Large Meeks, Gerrard – who occurred to have the identical measurement toes – was readily available to assist him out. “I do not know if I’ve advised this story earlier than however I bear in mind my first coaching session [for England]. I am so excited, you are in your simply earlier than you go into coaching,” he stated on The Rest is Football Podcast.
“Coaching was usually about 11, it was quarter to 11, I at all times took my very own boots and I acquired my boots from the Manchester Metropolis kitman – who was Les Chapman on the time.
“I had two pairs – moulds and studs, I’m going to look in my bag, clear them and as I am taking place I realise it is 4 left toes.
“I’m going within the hall, as you are going out your room, I see Steven Gerrard. It is the primary time I’ve met him, I stated ‘Stevie, you’ll be able to’t borrow us a pair of shoes are you able to?’
“Fortunately, we’re an identical measurement, we exit and it was the perfect session I’ve ever had. I feel it was [Gerrard’s boots that made the difference] so I say to Steven Gerrard afterwards, can I’ve the boots? And he went ‘f*** off’.”
Co-hosts Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer burst out laughing as the previous quipped: “That is superb, no surprise you didn’t get that many England caps,” in reference to Richards’ 13 England caps.