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BBC BREAKFAST WITH FROST INTERVIEW: DAVID SEAMAN FEBRUARY 2ND, 2003
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DAVID FROST: He's England's most senior football player, and probably the tallest as well. With 75 caps since his debut against Saudi Arabia way back in 1988, as Arsenal's legendary goalkeeper he's won three FA Cups, two Premiership titles, he's won the double twice - it's a pretty impressive record - and the way the season is going it looks like he could be adding a few more medals to his extensive list. He is, of course, David Seaman. Good morning David.
DAVID SEAMAN: Good morning David.
DAVID FROST: Lightning first question, you left it bloody late yesterday.
DAVID SEAMAN: We left it very late, yeah.
DAVID FROST: I've rarely seen you look so ecstatic, watching the Premiership last night. I mean you were so relieved.
DAVID SEAMAN: Yeah, I think it was a build up from, obviously, the game in the week where we got pegged back to a draw right at the last minute with Liverpool, and then we needed a win this weekend and to get it right at the end was a big relief.
DAVID FROST: Who do you think is your most dangerous rival for the Premiership? I mean is it Man U, Chelsea or Newcastle, I suppose, at the moment?
DAVID SEAMAN: I think straight away we look at Man United to see how they're playing. But Newcastle have surprised a few people and we've got, we've got a big game with them at the weekend, on Sunday up in Newcastle, so that should be very interesting.
DAVID FROST: Which would you rather win - the Premiership or the Champions League?
DAVID SEAMAN: Personally, it would be the Champions League because just, you know, I haven't won that, but the yardstick is the league. You know, whenever we play teams in the Champions League, the first thing we look at is their table and if they're near the top then we know that they're playing well. So that's how you're judged.
DAVID FROST: And what about the future? There have been acres of newsprint, whole forests have been cut down for material about how long you're going to carry on playing - you're 39 now. A lot of people predicting that you'll choose to call it a day at the end of this season. But do you plan, actually, to go on longer than that into next season?
DAVID SEAMAN: Yeah, yeah. That's my plan. You know, I've got a contract to the end of this season and then we'll see how it goes in the summer and see what happens there. But, you know, I'm easy, I can take it either way and if I get offered a new contract then that's fine, you know, that's exactly, that's what I want to do, I want to go into next season and hopefully play in Euro 2004.
DAVID FROST: And in fact in that situation hopefully carrying on, would you hope to carry on as England's goalkeeper for the European championships in 2004?
DAVID SEAMAN: That would - that would depend on if I'm still playing with Arsenal. You know, obviously there's been a lot of talk of goalkeepers coming in and things like that, which is going to happen because, you know, I'm getting near the end of my career and they need to bring someone in -
DAVID FROST: Wait a minute - Sir Stanley Matthews played his last league game at the age of 50 and he wasn't even in goal, he didn't have a nice cushy number in goal.
DAVID SEAMAN: Yeah but the balls are a little bit faster nowadays.
DAVID FROST: Yes, it is. So, but you would like to go on in those circumstances. One of the things both Sven has said and also Ray Clemence said, I think too, that in fact it's bad luck, in terms of finding future goalkeepers for whenever you do retire, that there are so many excellent foreign goalkeepers here that British goalkeepers are not getting as much of a chance.
DAVID SEAMAN: Yeah, we're not finding the young talent at the moment. You know, although having said that there's people like Chris Kirkland and Paul Robinson that are coming along nicely, you know, there's people like David James still there. But you do need to give the young goalkeepers a chance, and they're just not getting it at the moment - you know, because of the influence of the foreign goalkeepers.
DAVID FROST: Yeah, and so that in fact that makes it more difficult to find a successor for you, so I mean it works out well. A lightning last question, what do you think of this transfer window? Has that worked do you think? There weren't many, I thought there would be oodles of them.
DAVID SEAMAN: Yeah, yeah a lot of the squads have remained unchanged. So, you know, it just seems a mad rush, you know, obviously when a lot of players are getting injured people are then starting to think well we need massive squads to take care of, you know, people getting injured and obviously they can't make any transfers out of the window but um, yeah, I think it's good but it makes it real hectic.
DAVID FROST: And who do you think will be, maybe in 2008, your successor as the England goalkeeper? Two thousand and ten, sorry.
DAVID SEAMAN: Yeah. It's hard, you know, when you look, you looked at, you know, what's there, David James, Paul Robinson, Chris Kirkland - who's got a bad injury at the moment - but it's good because there's good quality goalkeepers there and, you know, whoever takes my place, you know, they'll have a great time because I have.
DAVID FROST: They'll have a great time but they may have to wait. David thank you very much indeed, and everyone will be watching that Newcastle game because Newcastle have done so impressively and Jonathan Woodgate won't do them any harm at all, will he?
DAVID SEAMAN: He certainly won't.
DAVID FROST: Thanks David very much.
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