Denmark’s Kjaer “Forced” By Dad To Get Steven Gerrard’s Shirt After Wednesday’s Friendly & The Ox’s Post Neymar Blues
There’s a funny story making its rounds today regarding England ace Oxlade-Chamberlain and his ’embarrassment’ about having asked for Neymar’s shirt during a friendly match last year.
He had apparently nudged the Barcelona ace and motioned for him to get their jerseys exchanged after the game. A few months after that incident, Chamberlain recalled being lambasted by Roy Keane for his actions after their 2-2 draw. Still, there’s no reason for the blushes! It’s all in the spirit of the game, isn’t it?
“I did ask him during the game. I gave him a little nudge. Roy Keane hammered me for it. I didn’t try and make it too blatant. It just happened that the camera landed on me right at the time I nudged him. I agree with Roy. It’s not the way to go about things. I have to hold my hands up. You’re not in awe of these players. It’s a mutual respect, especially a player like Neymar, a player of a similar age to me and someone I’ve got massive respect for what he’s done in world football.” – Chamberlain
England are set to play Denmark this Wednesday, and another hilarious story comes in the form of a ‘strange’ request from Lille’s Danish defender Simon Kjaer.
“My father and the rest of my family are huge Liverpool supporters, and my father has literally forced me to ask for Steven Gerrard’s jersey after the game, so I am a man with a mission – also after the game,” said the Lille player.
Kjaer admitted that it’s a strange request because he had never done it before, particularly when it came to selecting players to exchange shirts with.
“I have never done that before, because normally you just exchange jerseys with the guy you play directly against. I’m pretty much down to earth with full focus on football and not easy to impress – a player and not a fan – but I must say that Steven Gerrard is a very special character and player who deserves the highest respect from anyone in the world of football.”