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How Wright-Phillips dealt with rejection
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Shaun Wright-Phillips
Shaun bounced back from his Forest heartbreak


All footballers have to overcome setbacks at some point in their career.

My biggest disappointment was being released by Nottingham Forest when I was 16.

I thought I would be offered a new deal but the club phoned me during the summer and told me they were letting me go.

They said I was too small and not good enough to make it.

It was very hard to take but my dad (ex-Arsenal star Ian Wright) gave me great advice.

He didn't make it until he was 22 and that made me realise that I could still do it.

He told me to stick with it - and said I had to believe in myself. If you get a knock-back you've got to keep going.

Shaun Wright-Phillips
Shaun has never lacked belief

Different managers look for different things.

Joe Royle was in charge at Man City and he saw something in me that Paul Hart (the Forest boss) didn't.

City signed me up that summer. It was a great feeling to find a new club so soon after being released.

My dad still gives me advice. He's taught me everything I know.

When we were kids, he would make me and my brother do a certain number of kick-ups before we were even allowed in the house!

I've been doing well this year but I still need to improve my crossing.

I work on it every single day - doing crossing drills - and it's getting better.

The key is belief. If you believe you can do something - then you can.


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Wrighty factfile
Born: 25 Oct 1981
Place of birth: London
Height: 5ft 5in
Weight: 10st 1lb
Position: Right winger
Teams: Man City, England Under-21s, England

Did you know?
Shaun's dad Ian Wright adopted him when he was 18 months old
Shaun's brother Bradley is in Man City's youth academy




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