A video clip of a soccer player being taken away on a stretcher after a flop went viral on Sunday.
The clip came from an Oct. 4 game between Cadiz and Granada in La Liga. Granada’s Roberto Soldado was seen grabbing Cadiz’s Ivan Alejo around the neck. Alejo then flopped and was taken away on a stretcher.
However, former England flanker Wood sarcastically defended the player in a tweet that has gone viral.
He wrote: “There’s just no coming back from that. Saw a karate grandmaster do it once at a martial arts exhibition and the kid is still asleep.”
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Where Are They Now? 5 English Wonderkids Who Never Reached Their Potential
I decided to look into five England players careers I felt didn’t match up to the ability they showed when they were younger.
This could be if a player fell by the wayside due to form or injuries or if a player’s career never achieved the success it warranted. Hope you enjoy the read!
1. Matthew Tait
Making his debut against Wales, when the then-18-year-old was repeatedly dumped by Welsh centre Gavin Henson is infamous. That day would set back Tait’s development significantly, but he still played in the Rugby World Cup in 2007. After a quiet tournament, Tait lit up the final against South Africa with a dashing break that led to Mark Cueto’s infamously disallowed try.
But if Tait’s footwork in the final demonstrated his talent, he was never able to demonstrate that consistently on the biggest stage. Shifts from outside centre, to wing and then to full-back stunted his progress and were indicative of a possible star whose versatility worked against him ultimately.