West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell has revealed that he was left “devastated” after being released by Liverpool as a teenager.
Things have turned out pretty well for him in recent times, as he was called up to the England squad for the first time ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Friday.
However, after being released by Liverpool as a 15-year-old, he was forced to leave his boyhood club and start from scratch as he worked his way up the football chain.
Despite now establishing himself as a key figure for the Hammers and potentially England in years to come, he still finds it difficult to forget the disappointment of having to leave Anfield.
“My dad told me [about his release by Liverpool],” the Daily Telegraph.“I couldn’t get my head around it at first.
“They pull the parents to one side and tell them: ‘It’s not to be, but it’s not the end.’ I was devastated. As a kid, you are in a bubble of playing for Liverpool.
“It was all I had done for two years and I had enjoyed it so much. It was about playing for the club I supported.”
The 26-year-old will hope to continue his ascent to the top level this week if he features for Gareth Southgate, and time will tell as to whether or not he moves on from West Ham.
It’s ironic to think that Liverpool have their left-back issues currently, and so perhaps a move for their former youngster could yet come to fruition.
However, it’s evident that Cresswell’s focus is purely on continuing his progress with West Ham and England and success with them will undoubtedly help put the disappointment of leaving Merseyside behind him,