NOW that the World Cup has finished, the football season is just around the corner with the first games being played in three weeks.
So what better time to remind ourselves of the wit, wisdom and total daftness of some of the games best know professionals with this selection of quotes:
“My parents have always been there for me, ever since I was about seven.” David Beckham.
“If you don't believe you can win, there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day.” Neville Southall.
“I've never wanted to leave. I'm here for the rest of my life and hopefully after that as well.” Alan Shearer.
“I'd like to play for an Italian club, like Barcelona.” Mark Draper.
“I was watching the Blackburn game on TV on Sunday when it flashed on the screen that George (Ndah) had scored in the first minute at Birmingham.
“My first reaction was to ring him up. Then I remembered he was playing.” Ade Akinbiyi.
“I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel.” Stuart Pearce.
“I couldn't settle in Italy. It was like living in a foreign country.” Ian Rush.