Caulker swaps England for Sierra Leone
Steven Caulker says representing Sierra Leone might mean more to him than pulling on the Three Lions jersey.
Recalling a trip to raise funds to build schools in the country, he said: “I’m not one to cry but it always comes to me.
“She sang me a song and whenever I watch that video it gives me the same feeling, it’s overwhelming.
“Just like when I was there, taking selfies with kids who had never seen their own reflection because there were no mirrors or cameras, it was a remote village.
“You can see the pure joy and excitement on their faces.
“I’ve had a bit of a taste of that with England, but when I step out onto the pitch to represent Sierra Leone, I’ll think about all of that.
“They always greet me with such love, it’s always very emotional. These are the people I’ll be thinking about and these are the people I’ll be playing for when I’m in line.
“And everyone who waited outside the hotel before we set off for Cameroon, ran after our bus as we hit the field in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 25 years.
“It’s a lot bigger than football.”
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