How the ‘sniper’ helped Prince William fend off his schoolboy football rival

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During the podcast, recorded at Kensington Palace before the lockdown in March and featuring a catch-up video call earlier this month, William said: “A long time ago I asked one of my police officers to take a laser pen with them. And I got him to mark red, red dot one of the players.“I kept saying, ‘See, see what happened to you’. I was about 15 when I said, “see, he follows you, follows you”.

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. “

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