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Succeeding was hard - Le Tissier


Island life is a disadvantage - Le Tissier

Former England international and Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier believes that growing up in the Channel Islands was a barrier to his success.

Two of Le Tissier's brothers Kevin and Karl had trials with clubs but were unable to earn professional contracts.

And he told BBC Channel Islands: "I'm convinced if my family were brought up in the UK that all four of us would have made a career out of football."

Le Tissier struggled for a year at Oxford before settling at the Dell.

The eight-times capped England midfielder added: "Both Kevin and Karl were, in my opinion, good enough to play in the Premier League, [my other brother] Mark may have been less flashy but would have made a steady defender in the lower leagues."

You have to be driven - Le Tissier

Kevin had trials at Middlesbrough, Oxford and Coventry but nothing came of them while Karl was offered an apprenticeship at Southampton but decided to come back to Guernsey after only a short time at the club.

Le Tissier's brother Mark, who is now the chairman of the Guernsey Football Association, said homesickness played a part in both Kevin and Karl's failed attempts to become professional footballers.

"They both had the talent but talent is not always enough," he said.

"If we were growing up in Guernsey now it would be even harder. Football has changed a lot since then, a club can get a player from anywhere in the world and they no longer have to search for talent around the British Isles."

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