Forget Dream Team – there will be several ‘dream teams’ returning to our TV screens this summer for Star Sixes!
2017 is the tenth anniversary of the final whistle being blown on the Sky One series I appeared in as fictional Harchester United player Campbell Hooper.
I just wish someone could write a script that would see me lining up for England at Star Sixes, a world cup for legends being staged at The O2, London, from July 13-16, with the entire tournament being screened live by Sky Sports.
Either side of making Dream Team, and also appearing in Mike Bassett: England Manager, I had spells as a professional footballer with Swedish side Umea and Southend United respectively.
It was the late nineties/early noughties, when many of the stellar players who will be gracing the Star Sixes pitch were at the peak of their powers.
Robert Pirès and Marcel Desailly were winning the World Cup and Euros, Roberto Carlos and Gilberto Silva also lifted the World Cup, while the likes of Carlos, Fernando Morientes and Míchel Salgado were winning Champions League titles.
Just a few years later, Steven Gerrard followed in their footsteps by winning European club football’s most-coveted prize in Istanbul, while Alessandro Del Piero also went on to win the World Cup.
Joining them at The O2 will be such icons as Michael Ballack, Deco, Carles Puyol and Jay-Jay Okocha, and it is going to be fantastic seeing them all in competitive action again at a truly world-class tournament.
I can remember watching Masters Football when it kicked off way back in 2000, with ex-players like Ally McCoist, Peter Beardsley, John Barnes and Benito Carbone competing on the six-a-side stage. It was great to watch, even if some of the players weren’t exactly spring chickens!
I thought at the time it would be great if there was a tournament for players to compete in just after they’d retired.
And that is exactly what Star Sixes is all about.
The players on show will possess the fitness to go with their passion, making it a truly modern international cup.
Luckily for me, I’ve managed to work with a few of the players who will be proudly representing their countries again, interviewing both them and other ex-England internationals for a book I have written about how to become a professional footballer.
Entitled ‘So You Want To Become A Footballer – the complete guide to becoming a professional footballer’, my book includes tips and advice for players of all ages, covering youngsters joining their very first club from as young as six, teenage life, academies, development centres and semi-professional football.
It’s also packed with tips and advice from managers, coaches, agents and the PFA.
My book is complemented by easy-to-learn video tutorials, showcasing drills, skills and techniques that pros have used to help them on their way into the professional game. Plus there’s a few new ones for you to try.