Sheringham show is spot-on with fans
It was the Ted and Tim show on a rain-swept pitch as Discovery Bay defeated the Yau Yee League Select veterans 3-0 at the HKFC Citibank International Soccer Sevens last night. But there was no doubt who was the star off the pitch.
The fans who braved the weather clamoured for Teddy Sheringham. They cried for his autograph and the former England striker obliged graciously. The other striker, Hong Kong's Tim Bredbury, was forgotten.
Bredbury smacked in a brace of goals, one provided by his illustrious teammate, but the loudest cheer of the night came when Sheringham buried a penalty to complete a good start for Disco Bay in the Masters competition.
'I enjoyed that. It was a little bit of a blow after being out [on the town] the last couple of nights and it took a little while for the legs to get going,' Sheringham (pictured) said. 'I play on a similar surface with my friends, five-a-side, but we only run 15-20 yards at a time, not 60 or 70. The lungs were not used to it.'
Sheringham, 46, won 51 caps for England. He said he is glad that the national team is now under the charge of Roy Hodgson.
'We have a better chance [in Euro 2012] now than we did with [Fabio] Capello,' Sheringham said. 'That's the good thing. Whether we could win it is a different matter. Hodgson is a better choice than Capello - we were in disarray with him.'
The striker, who will forever be associated with Manchester United's treble in 1999, was sad that the English Premier League title had slipped from the team's grasp last weekend.
'Yes, I'm a little bit disappointed, but what goes around comes around,' he said. 'We won in the last two minutes against Bayern Munich [in the '99 European Cup final] and lost in the last two minutes against Manchester City.'
He has been in Hong Kong with England and United, but this visit was prompted by former Tottenham teammate David Howells, who urged him to join his Discovery Bay side. Sheringham promised his best this weekend.
'No one wants to be embarrassed,' he joked. 'You want to show people you've still got a little bit of talent.'