But how would he respond to it. Back in the day he chose not to leave Southampton. He could have gone to a big club and tested himself at the highest level but he chose not to. Never played in any big games. I doubt he would make it now at a top club in the modern era. It takes a whole different mindset in terms of professionalism and he was lazy back when lazy wasn't a big issue.People saying he wouldn’t be the same in todays footie are off the mark. If he was playing for us now, which i think he could, there would be no going to the chip shop and eating Mars Bars. Pep would be all over his diet and fitness, fuck me but how good would he be then.
I remember match of the day looking at him in the run up to a world cup and they had clips of him just giving up as soon as he lost the ball. Back then that sort of analysis was not that normal but for him it was like - yeah we show you all these incredible things he does but look at this. This is why he is not playing for England.