Former Premier League player Dion Dublin spoke to 国产无码 about his incredible footballing in career at our Future Leaders Conference.

Dion was the keynote speaker at the conference, held at St George's Park, offering advice to students about forging a career within the sports industry.

While at the conference, he answered some quickfire questions about his life in football.

One player you鈥檇 have liked to have played with?

That would have been Glenn Hoddle. One of my heroes. Not that I made many runs in my career as a centre forward, but I think he would鈥檝e found me.

If you weren鈥檛 a footballer, what career path would you have taken?

I would鈥檝e hoped to have been a basketball player. At the age of 16 I had a choice of playing for Leicester U16s basketball or Norwich City as a professional footballer. I chose football, I hope I was right.

Biggest disappointment of your career?

I had 22 years as a professional footballer, so disappointments were many. However, to play for 22 years, I overcame most of them.

I wish I hadn鈥檛 broken my leg at Manchester United. I always wonder if I鈥檇 have been able to keep those standards up and score that many goals and be there for 19 years.

I also would鈥檝e liked a little bit of a longer England career. I got four caps, but I wish I鈥檇 got more. I felt I could鈥檝e added to the England team.

Favourite formation?

4-4-2. Easy. Big man and little man. I do the flicking, they do the running. Perfect.

Advice for someone wanting to work in sport?

Make sacrifices. Give up what鈥檚 not going to help you move forward and choose the right paths.

Best moment in your career?

There鈥檚 two. Walking out for Cambridge United, 1990. First Play-Off Final, Cambridge United v Chesterfield. 26,000 people in the Old Wembley. Cambridge win 1-0 and I score the only goal.

There鈥檚 also walking out with a number nine on my back and three lions on my chest, representing my country. That was pretty special too.

What motivates you?

Breathing, walking, talking. Being healthy, being lucky, working hard and earning the right to achieve. I like to go to work, I like to go to the gym, not that you鈥檇 know. But working hard and getting the rewards for working hard.

Best thing about working in football?

As a player, you鈥檙e playing a game of football and getting paid to do it. Scoring a goal is the best feeling ever. But knowing that you can pay your sport and get paid for it to support your family, you can鈥檛 knock it.

Now I鈥檓 doing the same thing by talking rubbish on the telly and getting paid for it. Why not? And that鈥檚 without pre-season which is great!

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