Wes Hoolahan has lamented the lack of kids playing football on the streets nowadays.
The Republic of Ireland star honed his skills playing on the streets of Dublin, before going on to play for Belvedere FC during his school days.
He went on to win the League of Ireland with Shelbourne, where he featured in their famous Champions League qualifier against Deportivo La Coruna.
And the Norwich City Player of the Year insists he picked up his skills from playing with his mates out on the street.
He spoke to 98FM’s Jamie Moore on Now That’s What I Call Sport this morning.
Listen to the interview in full here:
“When I was growing up, there were hundreds of us on the streets all wanting to play five-a-side football”, he said.
“We’d put our coats down and make goals out of it- and that’s where I learned to play my football more or less.
“Then playing for Belvo from aged 8 to 18 in Fairview Park.
Hoolahan is one of the best Irish footballers of his generation.
However, he fears we may not see as many natural footballers coming through in the future, with children now less interested in playing football on the streets.
“It’s a shame.
“There’s not many people now on the streets playing football.
“Nowadays it’s hard to find people on the streets playing football. That’s all coaching and stuff like that.
“There’s alot of entertainment now, with iPads and iPhones etc.
“Kids are watching films and sitting at home, rather than being outside and playing.
“It’s all about practising and spending the hours on the training pitch and working hard.”