My Kingston - Daniel Sturridge and Micah Richards

English football players with Chelsea Football Club and Manchester City respectively

Sunday, June 03, 2012

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What was your first impression of Jamaica?

Daniel: I feel right at home. It's like the Jamaican people are my people. This is my fourth time here and it feels great. Both my maternal and paternal grandparents are Jamaican; so whenever I come here, it's always a great time.

Micah: This is my very first time here and I love it, mate. I was in Kingston for the first three days. We went to the Bob Marley Museum and that was great. I had always wanted to go there.

What made you want to become a professional football player?

Daniel: I've always loved playing football, but seeing my favourite players on television — you know the 'original Ronaldo', Ian Wright, Thierry Henry — I just wanted to emulate them.

Micah: I think everyone in England from the age of five wants to be a footballer. When I got the chance to be a footballer, I did everything I had to do to make it.

How did you feel about your football club's winning performance this season?

Daniel: Winning the UEFA Champions league is the greatest achievement for any club, and I am just happy I was a part of a Chelsea team that created history in doing that. Having that medal is the highlight of my career.

Micah: It was the first time in 44 years that City's won the premier league, so for me to have that medal and lift that trophy was just amazing. I've been at City since I was 14 and to see us come first against the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea is just a massive achievement.

After such a fantastic season, how do you feel about being left out of the England squad for Euro 2012?

Daniel: I feel hurt, but you know, maybe it is a blessing in disguise. It's going to spur me on to do better. It's going to drive me to want more success and to be a better footballer. I'm upset about it, but not too much.

Micah: It's a real disappointment for me, you know, but it won't stop me from wanting to do more or do better next season.

Can you remember any bust-ups on the football pitch?

Daniel: I don't have bust-ups. I have no problems with anyone at all.

Micah: It was with my teammate Mario Ballotelli. We were in training and we were losing a five-a-side game and he wasn't running like I wanted him to. I told him to run and he told me to shut up and, well, that really upset me. But Mario is my good friend, so it worked out fine.

Footballers are often accused of being spendthrifts; what was your last big splurge?

Daniel: I bought a Porsche.

Micah: This holiday trip (laughs). It cost me about £15,000, man.

What cologne are you splashing?

Daniel: Creed

Micah: Armani

What was the last bit of music that stirred your soul?

Daniel: I really love that Popcaan tune -- Party Shot.

Micah: I'm loving the reggae music right now.

What is your preferred beverage?

Daniel: Fruit punch

Micah: Rum punch

What was the name of the last book you read?

Daniel: Outliers by Michael Gladwell.

Micah: Lord Of The Rings by J R R Tolkien. It took me about a year to finish.

What is your favourite movie?

Daniel: Scarface. I love Al Pacino.

Micah: American Gangster. Denzel played the character of Frank Lucas so well.

What was your most memorable meal in Jamaica?

Daniel: Loved the fish at Hellshire beach in Portmore.

Micah: The fish at Hellshire was the best I had in my entire life.

Who would most likely call you at 3:00 am?

Daniel: Nobody. My phone is on aeroplane mode (laughs).

Micah: (laughs) A girl, I hope.

What upsets you?

Daniel: Poverty.

Micah: Negative people.

What's your philosophy?

Daniel: Don't ever give up.

Micah: Whatever it is that you're doing, give it 100 per cent or don't do it at all.


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