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Young players too distracted – Ritchie

By October 20, 2015No Comments

Former Hearts and Dundee United defender Paul Ritchie reckons young players are too distracted with issues outside of football.

Ritchie recalled making his debut for Hearts at the tender age of 17 years old and relishing the experience of being able to play football for the team he supported as a boy.

However, now, as assistant coach at Vancouver Whitecaps, he believes that’s lost in the modern game with other distractions such as fame and fortune filling up players’ heads.

“Those were the days you play football for,” he told Peter and Roughie’s Football Show.

“As I say I think nowadays players are caught up with different things than what they can actually get out of the game.

“But to have that opportunity to play for a team you supported as a kid was a dream come true and something I’ll never ever forget.”

To hear the rest of what Paul had to say tune in to Peter and Roughie’s Football show on Wednesday.