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Football is still coming up here: Gary Pallister

Samarth Goyal, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 16, 2013
First Published: 16:51 IST(16/7/2013) | Last Updated: 02:46 IST(17/7/2013)

Former English defender and Manchester United legend, Gary Pallister, who visited the Capital recently, feels that India is on the right path to find some world class talent in the world of football. “It will take time. Right now, it’s just growing from the roots and from what I have seen, I think the country is still finding its feet on the world-stage in football ... it’s on the right track.”

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The 48-year-old, who visited the Capital as part of the Airtel Rising Star campaign, also talked about the importance of football academies that teach children everything related to football. “Well, the cricketers here do it. They set up their own academies where young kids can come and learn about cricket; I am sure people will soon realise the importance of it in other sports. And with time, everything will fall into place,” he said. “This country has massive potential in terms of producing football talent. When I met these kids, they knew everything about the game, and the right way will lead them to be world-class footballers soon,” added the footballer.

Gary, who started his career at non-league Billingham Town, is known for his nine-year spell at Manchester United, during which the defender made 312 appearances scoring 12 goals, the most memorable one being his brace against Liverpool during the 1996-97 season, as Man-United won their fourth premier league title.

 

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