MICHAIL ANTONIO INTERVIEW

MICHAIL ANTONIO INTERVIEW!

The West Ham superstar chats heading, targets, celebrations, England and loads more!

You’ve played all over the pitch for West Ham! Do you want to nail down a position?
 

MICHAIL SAYS: “I’m one of those players where as long as I’m playing, I play for the team. If the boss needs me to play somewhere, I’ll do it! But if I was picking the team, I’d be on the wing – I prefer the left."

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You score a lot of goals with your head...
 

MICHAIL SAYS: “As long as it hits the back of the net, I don’t mind! I’m not far off the Premier League record of nine headed goals in a season, but if I break that record or score more with my feet, I don’t care. Even if it goes in off my back, I’ll take it!”

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You’ve had lots of awesome celebrations – what have you got lined up next?
 

MICHAIL SAYS: “I did the Thriller dance when I scored against Tottenham, but I need some more suggestions! I want someone on Twitter to choose one for me because I’m running out of ideas! But it has to be in the right circumstances – I can’t pull out a new celebration when we’re losing!”

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Can you get back into the England squad?
 

MICHAIL SAYS:  “It’s definitely one of the aims I’ve put in place for myself. I’ll just have to keep performing and make sure I can’t be overtaken. Getting called up was overwhelming – I cried when I found out! But it was a great experience to be there with the elite players and I enjoyed every moment.”

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What do you think of Gareth Southgate?
 

MICHAIL SAYS: “He’s a really nice guy. Gareth knows the players, he’s done well so far and he’s just got to keep going. He’s a leader – he takes charge in training and does loads of work with the players!”

Michail was talking to MATCH at the PlayStation Schools’ Cup – the biggest grassroots football tournament in the country! Here’s what he had to say about it...

MICHAIL SAYS: “It’s a really great event – it’s definitely the biggest school competition in the country! I always go back to my school, and I really enjoy this type of thing.”

MICHAIL SAYS: “When I was young, to represent my school was huge – we loved it! Playing footy, going around to other schools... we’d have loved to have had this kind of opportunity.”

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MICHAIL SAYS: “The kids here are so lucky – most of them want to grow up and play in the Premier League, so to get the opportunity to meet their idols is amazing! The first pro players I ever met were when I signed for Reading!”

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To find out more about the tournament, visit www.playstationschoolscup.com