West Ham’s winger has come a long way from his days with Tooting & Mitcham and says his time in the lower leagues has helped mould the player he is today!
If some in England’s number returned to St George’s Park this week with scars still smarting from the summer’s European Championship, then step forward the antidote. Michail Antonio had been trudging back, dejected in defeat, to the changing rooms post-mixed zone at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday when one of West Ham’s physios informed him he had been called up into Sam Allardyce’s first national squad.
His initial reaction was one of disbelief, dismissing the news as “great banter”. There followed a moment of doubt, allayed only when the club’s head chef, Tim De’Ath, offered his own congratulations. Then the joy kicked in. “It was emotional,” said Antonio through the broadest of grins. “I said: ‘Come in guys’ and…
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