Discussion in 'Leicester City' started by SJN-Fox, Nov 22, 2016.
That was a good day out
Certainly was, still laugh at Williams attempted clearance after Walshie and Roberts had assaulted their keeper.
I was away that weekend and ended up watching it in a caravan on a portable tv in the middle of Derbyshire of all places
Our bus left from a pub in Melton at 6.00am and they opened the doors for us to have a couple before we left. It was a long day, but worth it
I didn't get to see many games back in the late 90's, it's only now seeing old clips that I realise just how good he was. I know he played International football for Turkey but it's outrageous that he never got a look in for England.
He didn't get many games for Turkey and he wouldn't have made the England team. He was special in our set-up because we had the team ethic. Lennon was his rock. Great midfield partnership. (and yes I saw his matches with my own eyes, live).
According to his book, his Turkey experience wasn't a good one as he was very much a stranger who couldn't fit in. I'm sure that wasn't set up to bring the best out of him. There were plenty of media who suggested he should get a run for England but at that time (it's only slightly better now) he had no chance whilst playing with little old Leicester. You may well be right, but if was at a bigger club he'd at least have been given he opportunity to try to prove you wrong. There weren't that many players with his skill around.
He did play in a world cup semi final though. He wouldn't have done that with England.
More than that he seemd to be a genuinely nice person. Izzet and Lennon contrasted and complimented each other's play so well.
Again reinforced in his book and the fact he really did not want to leave City, and had wanted to come back to us one day.
Muzzy was great. Brilliant player for us back then and also great with fans. You could walk through the club car park before any home game and be sure to get a chat with him.
How times have changed if Muzzy was around today he'd be a nailed on starter for England
Definitely and in my opinion he should have been in the team in the late 90's.
He was great but to get into the 2000 squad as the "flair" midfielder he needed to replace Beckham, Scholes or Gerrard. other MF ince, wise, mcmanaman.
Who achieved the grand sum of **** all for England. If he was playing at a bigger team at the time he'd have pissed getting in the England squad
Beckham, Scholes and Gerrard are all seen as being some of the best players England have had in the last 40 years. Muzzy was a Chelsea reject who found his ideal partnered with Lennon. He wouldn't have got in the Manchester United/ Liverpool/ Arsenal teams. In fact there was never even any rumours of them wanting to buy him. If he'd played for England they'd have still won sweet FA but that's not how you judge a player is it? Otherwise only the 1966 boys have ever done anything since we created football.
He managed to make Leicester a top 8 Premier team. That seems minor now but the fact is we were on another level back then. I genuinely believe he could and should have played at a higher level.
I don't remember the circumstances whereby Muzzy became "available" for international duty, but being buried in the Chelsea academy teams until he was 21+ probably did as much to sink his chances as any perception of not playing for the right club - after all Emile Heskey got his first caps as a Leicester player, and albeit at U21 level, Julian Joachim (a few weeks older than Muzzy) was always off on U21 duty IIRC.
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