Former England national team member Micah Richards,메이저놀이터 who left his brilliant career as a player to show off his wit through commentary in the media, revealed an episode related to Steven Gerrard, a Liverpool legend and senior member of the national team.
On the 14th, sports media outlet ‘Sports Bible’ drew laughter by revealing an episode in which Richards participated in the football podcast ‘The Rest Is Football’ and Gerrard swore at him.
The time Richards recalled was 2006, and it was an anecdote that occurred during training for the England national team. Richards was the first player to be called up to the national team at the time, and Gerrard was one of the players who had established himself as a key member of the national team, having played international matches since 2000.
Richards brought up an anecdote with Gerrard, saying, “When I train, I always carry two pairs of soccer shoes, one for artificial turf and one for natural grass.”
However, when Richards checked to take his soccer shoes with him to national team training, he could not wear them because all the soccer shoes were for his left foot only. Coincidentally, he asked Gerrard, whom he met in the hallway of the team’s training facility, to borrow his soccer shoes. Richards said, “At that time, I asked Gerrard to lend me soccer shoes, saying, ‘Stevie (Gerard’s nickname), can you lend me a pair of soccer shoes? We both have the same size feet.'” Gerrard willingly gave up his soccer shoes.
The problem is that Richards did very well in training wearing Gerrard’s football boots. After training he went to see Gerrard and asked if he could have his boots.
But Gerrard was too cold-hearted. “Gerrard didn’t even think about it and said, ‘Fuck off,’” Richards said.
Richards’ words made the talk show audience burst into laughter. Gary Lineker, who appeared together as the top scorer at the 1986 Mexico World Cup and a celebrity representing England soccer, made a cynical remark, saying, “So Richards was called up to the national team only 13 times.”
Richards also talked about his teammate during his time with the England national team, defender Jolyon Lescott, who played for Everton and Manchester City.
Richards said, “When Lescott was training with the national team (when he was playing for Everton), he confessed to me that he wanted to come to Manchester City.” Afterwards, Richards relayed this to Mark Hughes, the manager of Manchester City at the time, and explained that the Manchester City club was also looking at Lescott.
However, it turned out that Coach Hughes was in the process of carrying out a type of trade, sending Richards to Everton after bringing in Lescott from Everton. Richards said that after learning of this fact, he became angry and said, “I did all the work to recruit him.”
In the end, Lescott joined Manchester City in 2009, and Richards played for Manchester City until 2015 without a transfer, allowing both to play together. Richards moved to Aston Villa in 2015 and retired in 2019. Additionally, Lescott moved to Aston Villa along with Richards and played until 2016.