Former ManCity footballer Shaun Wright-Phillips thinks India is ‘close to qualifying for 2026 FIFA World Cup’ | Football News

Former English footballer Shaun Wright-Phillips, has been a preferred identify, with an enormous fanbase the world over, together with India, ever since he scored the (now) well-known right-footed volley, throughout a 4-1 win in opposition to arch rivals Manchester United, throughout the 2004-05 season of the English Premier League (EPL).

The 40-year-old, is nonetheless contributing to the game outdoors the pitch, and was on his maiden go to to India to assist Mumbai City FC. Wright-Phillips, who has performed soccer on the highest stage for greater than a decade, is all praises for Indian soccer expertise.

“I didn’t think India was so football-oriented, but to see the fans appreciate the sport, was a dream sight to see. I met a footballer in Bengaluru who plays for the national team and he seemed like a massive personality, and I’d keep my eye on him and will even follow him on social media,” he says.

“I think India is very close to qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. I’ve been watching young players in Bengaluru play, and now I’m in Mumbai to see Mumbai City FC, and I’m very impressed. There seems to be a foundation in them, the kids are getting into it young and there’s more time for them to learn. And they will be out to face the challenges head-on,” provides the previous Manchester City participant, who performed for the English membership for 10 seasons (1999-2005 and 2008-11).

Speaking of World Cups, the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar has divided soccer followers throughout the globe, for the reason that standard occasion, in contrast to its earlier editions, will happen in November, which might influence membership soccer. While Wright-Phillips perceive that mid-season breaks for soccer golf equipment “will be difficult”, he feels that the previous few seasons which had been performed throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, would have mentally and bodily ready the gamers.

“It’s going to be difficult because it’s the middle of the season. But the Major Soccer League (MSL) has been dealing with it for years now. The players are professional enough, the managers and coaches are professional enough, and that’s something that we saw during Covid-19 lockdown, as they had to play back-to-back seasons without any break. I think they will handle it fine,” he says.

Three generations in soccer, who play or have performed with completely different soccer golf equipment, one would select to place their bets on the truth that anything besides soccer would dominate the Wright-Phillips dinner-time conversations. That’s, nevertheless, not the case!

“We don’t talk about football,” he laughs. “To be honest, I’m a dad and my dad’s a dad. We talk about family stuff more than anything else. Football is always on the small scale, to the point that we ask, ‘How you doing? How do you think you did in that game?’ and then it’s back to being family,” he provides.

Oh, and who does he suppose will the league this season? “That’s a trick question, right?,” he laughs earlier than including “For the Premier League, Man City and England for the World Cup,” as he indicators off .

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