23 ธันวาคม 2550
It’s been an amazing year, but even by my standards it’s been a rollercoaster ride… Obviously, the year didn’t start quite how I’d imagined at Real Madrid but helping Real Madrid to La Liga title was an incredible moment, one I’ll never forget and a fantastic way to finish my time in Spain.
Of course, I then joined LA Galaxy in the MLS and my family and myself moved to Los Angeles, where we were made to feel really welcome by everybody. In fact, everywhere I travelled in the US, the people were really welcoming which was great.
Unfortunately, the year didn’t pass without a few injuries and I didn’t play as much as I wanted to, plus we just missed out on the playoffs, but we’ve a good team and I feel I’ve settled in well, so I hope to build on that next year and help the Galaxy to challenge for the title.
I was really pleased to be called up to the England squad in August, it is always an absolute honour and a privilege to play for my country and its something I’d always hoped would happen again. Unfortunately, things didn’t go the way we wanted and we won’t be going to Euro 2008, which is incredibly disappointing. However, looking to the future, I feel I still have something to offer. I’ll always want to play for my country and I hope I can continue to do so.
It was brilliant to go along and celebrate my Academy’s 2nd anniversary. When the Academy first opened I could only have wished it would be a success, and seeing so many children coming through the doors and enjoying the game of football has been great. Here’s to many more!
The Galaxy’s tour of Australia and New Zealand was also an amazing experience. The reception from the fans was incredible and both countries were very beautiful and I would love to go back one day.
So that just leaves me to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you all have a wonderful time and peaceful time with your families and each other.
See you in the New Year…