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I didn’t want to leave Newcastle, but that’s football.
– Gary Speed
A lot of people still disregard something like yoga. I would have as a young player. I would have been too busy playing golf or something.
What’s important is Welsh football and that it progresses.
Everybody makes mistakes, but when goalkeepers make them, it is costly. That’s the nature of being a goalkeeper.
If you’ve got aspirations to be a manager or coach, obviously coaching your country would be a great honour.
I don’t like the showy nationalism – a tattoo, wrapping yourself in a flag – that doesn’t matter to me. The way to show your patriotism and commitment is to go and support or play for your team.
If I had my time again and was able to change one thing from my career then I wouldn’t have retired. I would have played for Wales longer.
I think it’s unfair to criticise someone for not being Welsh, but the smaller the nation, the more patriotic you seem to be.
I had a lot of times with Wales as well when we were getting beat – and beaten well – and you learn to deal with it. You learn that next time it happens, you roll your sleeves up and give everything for the team.
Everyone I know is fervently proud to be Welsh but you try not to be preachy about it. It’s difficult at times. But when I go home to north Wales, or to somewhere I’ve never been in south Wales, I still feel at home because I’m in Wales. It’s hard to explain.
I have won 85 caps and have had a great career with Wales and have enjoyed every minute of it.
You’ve got to believe you can get a result from the game.
Goal scoring is a recurring theme. If you aren’t scoring then you aren’t going to win games. That’s obvious.
Everyone tells me to play as long as you can. Sometimes, it goes in one ear and out the other.
I love everything about playing for Newcastle, the club, the fans and the city.