You are perceived by
many at home and abroad to have notably blossomed into national captaincy ...
have you possibly surpassed even your own initial expectations?
Yes, I do view it that way. Some people reckon I may be a
32-year-old in the body of a 28-year-old because of all those early setbacks. I
firmly think age is just a number: it’s more about how you feel within
yourself, how you respond to training, and how you feel hunger-wise in game
situations. I’ve played something like 60 games-plus in the last two years, yet
I really am still feeling good. Besides, I don’t have many years left ... I
want to make the most of them and be as successful as I can. Bottom line is
that I prefer being on the park to being in the stands.