2022年世界盃:克里斯-梅帕姆從周日聯賽到卡塔爾2022年的道路

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2022年世界盃:克里斯-梅帕姆從周日聯賽到卡塔爾2022年的道路

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威爾士的克里斯-梅帕姆說,在從打周日聯賽到被選入世界盃後,他仍在 "掐指一算"。

他的職業生涯始於一連串的拒絕和被各個俱樂部忽視。

"八、九年前,我還在打周日聯賽"。梅帕姆說。

"快進到現在,你突然成為世界盃球隊的一員。"

作為一名青少年,這名中後衛被切爾西釋放,他之前承認他發現自己 "處於一個黑暗的地方"。

在被沃特福德和他兒時的俱樂部女王公園巡遊者拒絕後,他最終為北格林福德聯隊的預備隊效力。

一次偶然的機會,布倫特福德的球探對他留下了深刻的印象,為梅普漢姆提供了第二次職業比賽的機會,這位在倫敦出生的球員為蜜蜂隊出場48次。

從那以後,他以1200萬英鎊的價格轉會到伯恩茅斯,並被介紹到威爾士的國際舞台,他通過他父親一方的祖母獲得了參加國際比賽的資格。

"當然,這一路走來也有一些坎坷,"這位33歲的國際球員說,他是威爾士隊的一員,在去年夏天的歐錦賽中進入了16強。

"但最終我真的為我迄今為止所取得的成就感到驕傲,但我肯定希望有更多這樣的成就。

"我很幸運地參加了2020年歐洲杯的比賽。

"我喜歡它的每一分鐘,我記得從那場比賽中走出來時,我對自己說:"我想要更多這樣的機會",所以你自然會關注即將到來的下一場比賽。

"那是世界盃,然後你就會被拉回到現實中來,那是一個艱難的、很難獲得資格的比賽。

"幸運的是,我們當之無愧地處於與世界上最好的球隊在這場比賽中競爭的地位。

"在過去的64年裡,威爾士的很多頂級球員都錯過了世界盃,所以成為那一代人中的一員去參加世界盃是我真正要感激的事情。"

羅伯特-佩奇的球隊周一在艾哈邁德-本-阿里體育場開始了他們的運動,梅普漢姆補充說。"用一場勝利來開個好頭,這很重要。


Last updated on .From the section Welsh

Wales' Chris Mepham says he is still "pinching himself" after going from playing Sunday League to being picked for the World Cup.

His career began with a string of rejections and being overlooked by various clubs,

"Eight, nine years ago I was playing Sunday league." Mepham said.

"Fast-forward to now and suddenly you're part of a World Cup squad."

As a teenager the centre-back was released by Chelsea, and previously acknowledged that he found himself "in a dark place."

After being rejected by Watford and his boyhood club, Queens Park Rangers, he eventually ended up playing for North Greenford United's reserve side.

A chance visit from a scout saw him impress enough for Brentford to offer Mepham a second crack at the professional game, with the London-born player going on to make 48 appearances for the Bees.

From there, a £12m move to Bournemouth followed and an introduction to the international stage with Wales, for who he qualifies for via his grandmother on his father's side of the family.

"Of course there's been a few bumps along the way," said the 33-cap international, who was part of the Wales squad who reached the last-16 of last summer's European Championships.

"But ultimately I'm really proud of what I've achieved so far, but I definitely want more of that.

"I was fortunate enough to have played in the Euro 2020 campaign.

"I loved every minute of it and I remember coming away from that tournament and thinking to myself "I want more of that", so naturally you're going to be looking at that next tournament coming up.

"That was the World Cup, and then you get brought back down to the reality that it's a tough, tough competition to qualify for.

"Fortunately and deservedly so we're in a position to be competing with the best teams in the world in this tournament.

"A lot of top players for Wales over the past 64 years have missed out on World Cups so to be part of that generation going to one is something I'm really going to have to sort of be appreciative for."

Robert Page's men kick-off their campaign at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Monday, with Mepham adding: "It's massive getting off to a good start with a win."

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