Crouch, a former England striker, asked with a laugh, “Pretend he has a sniper on him? And William replied, “Exactly… that discouraged him for about, you know, 10 minutes.” ”
The Duke called his defensive style “a big knacker running up the back, panting”, but once persuaded former England captain David Beckham to join his regular six-man squad for a game.
In recent years his passion for his football club Aston Villa has intensified: “Since becoming a dad, without a doubt, football has become a lot more important to me than ever before, it’s really weird. As if that had changed a lot.
“I have to go out there and be among the other guys and kind of let out a little steam, scream a little.” Don’t abuse the referee – because I’m the president of the FA and I can’t do that – but in my head I am. “