Following the release of FIFA 20, international boxing star Anthony Joshua has taken a look back at his early footballing career for Kings Langley Youth.
The former heavyweight superstar was a familiar face around the village and was a pupil at Kings Langley School as a youngster.
Speaking exclusively to news outlet Versus, AJ looked back on his old footballing days and his young dream of making it as a football pro.
When asked whether football was a big part of his childhood, he said: “Yeah, massively! We started off just by messing around on the green on the estate – playing two touch and rush goalies – and that progressed to playing for my local team, my school team and that went on until I was like 16 or 17.
“I played for Garston Boys and then Kings Langley, both local sides in Watford, and I had trials at Charlton when I was younger – nearly had trials at Arsenal, but I didn’t end up going. I can’t remember why but they were good times in my life, for sure.
“That’s what I’m all about, my mate the other day was asking me what I do for fun and to be honest I just play football – I’m not into the golf thing or the tennis thing. I just think growing up, coming down the astro turf with the boys, putting your boots on… it was just what we used to do, it still makes me feel a type of way.
“It wasn’t like at the age of 10 or 11 we could go and buy golf clubs and hit some balls around the area… football was what we knew.”
AJ will be back in the ring on December 7 against Andy Ruiz Jr who pulled off the shock defeat to win AJ’s belt.