STEPHEN WARNOCK has admitted nearly quitting football after recovering from
THREE broken legs.
The ex-England defender completed his £8million move from Blackburn to Aston
Villa this week and is expected to make his debut today against Fulham.
But Warnock would never have come this far if the medical team at his first
club Liverpool had not saved his career.
He said: “I broke my right leg three times, the first at the age of 15. I
broke the tibia and fibula.
“Then I had been back for only three games when I broke my tibia and fibula
again. At 17, I broke the fibula for the third time. I thought I would pack
“But the medical staff at Liverpool worked on getting me strong. The club
offered me a contract, which gave me strength to carry on.”
Warnock, 27, has spent two years rebuilding his career at Ewood Park.
His eye-catching displays prompted Fabio Capello to call him up for England’s
friendly in Trinidad and Tobago last summer.
Warnock added: “I will keep my fingers crossed. I’m still at an age when
I can break into the England squad. Coming to Villa, I can improve my game
enough to show I’m worth a place.
“It’s fantastic that Villa have so many young England players here. Capello is
a regular at Villa Park. I have never given up on playing for England again.”