IN MY DEFENCE
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Dominic Matteo has played alongside some of English football’s biggest names. He has also played at some of Europe’s finest stadia, while he remains one of the few internationals to have appeared for both England and Scotland.
His career began when he was spotted as a 10-year-old playing for his local boys’ team by then Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish. He went on to spend 15 years at Anfield, six of which were spent in the first-team where his team-mates included Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Redknapp, Jamie Carragher, David James and Michael Owen.
Matteo then moved to Leeds United, a club who at the time seemed on the cusp of great things as David O’Leary’s swashbuckling young side cut a swathe through the cream of Europe. They also rose to the top of the Premier League before the dream turned sour. Matteo was at Elland Road throughout the rise and fall, so has a unique insight into one of the most spectacular collapses in English football. He was the club captain as Leeds slid out of the Premier League and, in this his hard-hitting autobiography, he pinpoints just where he thinks it all went wrong.
In My Defence also lifts the lid on Matteo’s time at Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City, plus his controversial debut for Scotland after already having represented England.
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