Interview

Seaman - Why I had to pull out of the game

David Seaman was down on the teamsheet to start the game against Real Madrid Legends - so why didn't he take to the field?

We caught up with the legendary goalkeeper, and this is what he told us:

on why he had to pull out of the starting line up…
I was doing a warm up and I was halfway through it and I just felt my calf really twinge, and I tried to carry on a little bit more, but it was twinging even more. There was no way that i could carry on, so I came in and let the physio have a look at it and he said, 'You’re running a serious risk of really damaging it', so I’m sorry, but I can’t take that risk. I’d just like to say sorry to the fans because I was really looking forward to playing here, especially against Real Madrid, but it’s not to be. It’s so sad but it’s still a great event.

on the team proving that they’ve still got quality…
They’ve got lots of quality. Their head and their brains are still very sharp, but their body’s are not so, as I’ve just found out! I’m 55 in 10 days so I’ve just got to start having a real good think about whether I should play or not. I was happily retired at 40, so now it might be time to do it again.

on the younger players in the Legends side…
Hopefully they can stay fit and obviously they are fit, but hopefully they can keep running all game. People like Ray and Robert, they can still do it and with Davor up front we might be able switch him with Jeremie in the second half because he’s very mobile. You need that when you're playing against people like this because they have all the experience in the world, but physically they’re not quite there.

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