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YSPOTY contenders: Conor Coady Q&A

Conor Coady
Coady captained England Under-17s to a superb victory in the European Championship

Conor Coady's achievement in captaining the national Under 17s team to European Championship glory has given England fans some cause for optimism after a disappointing summer.

The Liverpool player, a nominee for this year's Young Sports Personality of the Year, became the first England player to lift a major trophy for 17 years and is established as the heartbeat of the side in midfield.

Here are his answers to the questions posed by the School Reporters from St John Wall Catholic School in Handsworth, Birmingham. And you can find out more about the other nine contenders for the Young Sports Personality of the Year prize here.

Q: Who would you pick to compete against if you could choose anyone who has ever played your sport?

Zinedine Zidane. Just because he is one of the greatest players of all time and you could learn so much from him.

Q: What inspired you to start playing your sport?

My dad was my main inspiration when I was around five and he helped me a lot to get into football and then carry it on as my career. I hope to keep going for many years to come.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?

Hopefully playing regularly for Liverpool and being part of the England set-up.

Q: What was your first big achievement in your sport?

To sign for Liverpool at the age of eight.

Q: What is your best memory from your time playing your sport?

Winning the European Championships with England.

Q: What do you do to unwind and relax away from sport?

To relax I just chill at home and play on my Playstation or maybe go the cinema and watch new films out. My younger brother is also at Liverpool in the Under 10s and I like to come and watch him play on a Sunday.

Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher
Gerrard and Carragher are both one-club players

Q: Who is your role model and why?

Personally, I have two: Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. This is because they both play for their local team and they represent what Liverpool are all about. They give everything for the club every week and play with their heart on there sleeve.

Q: Apart from your own success, what has been your favourite sporting moment of the year?

Watching Wimbledon and seeing Rafael Nadal win the title back. This is because I like the way he deals with the pressure of big games and big points but also with the way he plays.

Q: What kind of sacrifices have you had to make to get to where you are?

Being a footballer is something that you have to keep in good physical shape for and be mentally prepared all the time.

I have had to sacrifice things like going out partying with my friends a day before training or a game. It might be obvious but some players may find it hard to do. It will take this sacrifice to get to the top and I'm desperate to succeed and fulfil my potential.

Q: What is your favourite song of 2010?

Eminem and Rhianna - Love The Way You Lie.

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