England Captain Speaks Ahead Of Bulgaria Game

Monday January 28, 2013 at 4:55pm

The England minifootball team play their historic first ever match on home soil next week. We caught up with skipper Craig Carby for his thoughts ahead of the game.

1. Tell us a little bit about your background as a footballer

I’ve been playing football for a long as I can remember and have a genuine love for the game, the vast majority of my career has been spent playing semi-professional football for various teams in and around the London area. I was introduced to “small sided” football by a team called MDU in 2003, and haven’t looked back since, I went on to win numerous national tournaments with MDU which has seen me travel the globe to places like Austria, Las Vegas and Barcelona and also get my hands on various luxurious prizes along the way.

3. How proud are you to wear the three lions?

Extremely proud, it’s not every day you are selected to represent your country in anything let alone in a sport which you love to play, so I’m very grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me and will continue to give my all every time I wear the three lions. It really is a dream come true to be selected as Captain and not something I take lightly.

4. How did you get called up to the team?

I got the call up as a result for MDU winning the much coveted National 6's tournament in 2011, before we traveled to Portugal and claimed the Algarve Open 2012. MDU is a household name in 5-a-side football and has been successful for many years, so I guess the teams reputation had a part to play when the initial selection process was made.

5. This will be the team’s first home game - how will it feel to play in such an historic match?

I’m very excited about the prospect of being involved in such an historic match, and am eager to make the country proud, as are all of the players involved. We’ve got some of the best players from around the small sided football circuit and I am confident that we’ll produce a performance that everyone will be proud of. We’re eager to make this England team a success.

6. The game is in honour of Stiylian Petrov - a great cause - what do you make of him as a player and a man?

Stiylian Petrov is a great player and a great man and is someone that I’ve admired for a long time. He’s always applied himself correctly on and off the pitch and is a superb role model. So to play a match in honour of such an idol, will be an excellent experience and we hope he takes some pleasure in having this wonderful game named in his houour.

7. What is next for you as a footballer? More England games?

For me, my main aim right now is to put in a good performance in the upcoming friendly against Bulgaria and to do the nation proud, if I achieve that then hopefully that will lead to representing England on many more occasions. I’m confident with the players that have been selected from some of the best teams in the country including MDU, Top Draw, KFTD, International and West 13 we'll be able to achieve a positive result and build on the country’s first win over Italy. And can hopefully lead the country to glory in the near future.

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