Glenn Hoddle: ‘I don’t think I will ever be without football in my life’ | Paul MacInnes

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Former Tottenham and England playmaker has come through his 2018 cardiac arrest and still loves the ‘beautiful game’

“It’s easy to say it was winning. I was born winning, I wanted to win tiddlywinks against my dad at home, so I had that in me. But I think the thing I enjoyed most about playing football was being able to express myself and be creative. From when I was a kid in the garden with my own imagination to when I was playing at Wembley in a cup final, that was really what I wanted to do, create.”

There aren’t many football players who can be said to have a clear association with an idea, but Glenn Hoddle and creativity is surely one. The Spurs icon played slowly in an era of harum-scarum, he charmed the ball while others attacked it, and he did so not just deliberately but assertively, in a way that Brian Clough said required “moral courage”.

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Written by Paul MacInnes
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/oct/13/glenn-hoddle-i-dont-think-i-will-ever-be-without-football-in-my-life under the title “Glenn Hoddle: ‘I don’t think I will ever be without football in my life’ | Paul MacInnes”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.