Boy’s A Bit Special
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Wigan Athletic forward Victor Moses speaks to FourFourTwo back in December 2009, when he was a rising star for Crystal Palace.
I'm pretty lucky in that I've never had one.
Club supported as a boy
Growing up in Nigeria I was an Arsenal fan. Everyone else would be supporting United but I would make sure I was always near a TV when Arsenal were on. I love the way they play their football and the way Arsene Wenger is bringing through young talent is fantastic. They've had a difficult couple of seasons but I reckon they're almost ready to start challenging the likes of Chelsea and United again.
I've always had quick feet and I love running at players at pace. I'm skilful and a decent finisher.
Maybe my work-rate still needs a bit of attention, but it's something I've worked on so there shouldn't be any problems on that score.
I play a bit like...
Zidane, I think. He was a great player – a true football legend. He was amazingly skilful, capable of doing the unexpected and scored some unbelievable goals. He was a different class.
Making my debut for Palace was a dream come true. It was against Cardiff at their place a couple of seasons ago and I came on with 15 minutes to go. My first Palace goal against West Brom was also pretty special. They were flying and we played them at the Hawthorns. I think Kevin Phillips put them 1-0 up, then I scored the equaliser.
It has to be getting knocked out of the play-offs at Bristol City later that season. They scored a last-minute winner at Selhurst Park but we were still pretty confident of getting to Wembley. We took them to extra-time in the second leg, then conceded two late goals. That was as low as I've felt in my career, especially as I was so desperate to get into the Premier League with Palace.
I went to the Under-17 World Cup with England and played against Brazil's Rafael. He was a top player, definitely one of the best at the tournament. He just had so much energy as well as being very skilful. I also played against Bojan, who has been superb for Barcelona. He was decent, too. He reminded me a bit of Michael Owen.
Best player played with
Danny Welbeck. I played with him for England U19s and he had the complete game. He can score goals as well as create them.
Zidane is just an inspiration. He played at a level I'm aspiring to reach. He won everything: the Champions League, the World Cup... you name it, he won it.
Biggest practical joker
It used to be Clinton Morrison. He made everyone laugh all the time. I think we really miss him, to be honest. We would be on the coach, sat quietly, and he would just pipe up with some quality one-liners and everyone would be stitches.
An Audi A3.
I haven't been to the cinema for a while but I think it was The Pursuit of Happyness.
Jennifer Lopez. She's a nice-looking woman.
Favourite holiday destination
The Algarve in Portugal, I reckon. I went there with my girlfriend and it was fantastic.
If I hadn't been a footballer...
I'd have to be involved in the game, so if I couldn't play I'd coach. I just love football – it's in my blood.
Tell us something we don't know about you
I was called up to the Nigerian squad in May. They wanted me to commit my future to them. I think it's too early to make that kind of decision, though. I want to keep playing for England at the various age groups and then have a real go at getting in the full side.
In five years' time...
Who knows? But I'll be trying to play at the highest level. I want to be a Premier League regular, knocking on England's door. There's no reason why I can't be.
Interview: Richard Edwards. From the December 2009 issue of FourFourTwo. Subscribe!
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