Mancienne: Brits abroad vital

Hamburg defender Michael Mancienne has urged more players to follow his lead and ply their trade overseas, believing the benefits for the national team will follow.

Last Updated: 10/04/14 at 16:59 Post Comment

Michael Mancienne: Believes players can benefit from a spell abroad

Michael Mancienne: Believes players can benefit from a spell abroad

The former Chelsea centre-back is currently in the middle of his third season with Bundesliga relegation candidates Hamburg, where he has recently been recalled to the starting XI.

The 26-year-old believes that insular English players need to broaden their horizons, and look at options abroad.

"Young English players, if they're struggling to get regular football, should look at playing abroad," Mancienne told the London Evening Standard.

"You're on a big stage and a lot of clubs will see you from other countries, so it's something they should definitely consider.

"It's a different style of football but it might also help English players mentally. You're out of your comfort zone, in a place where people don't speak your language.

"I've learned a lot about myself during my time in Hamburg and I love the city and the fans. But if I did ever come back to England, I'd be a better player for my experiences here."

While Hamburg have struggled, Mancienne himself has endured a difficult season, but admitted he is stronger for it.

"Every day, even though I knew I wasn't going to play, I went in and worked as hard as I would have if I was playing," he added.

"I kept myself in the best possible shape I could and when I got the call to play, I was ready."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

PSG stun Barca, Bayern stay 100%

PSG edged to an entertaining 3-2 Champions League win over Barcelona, while Bayern Munich beat CSKA Moscow and BATE stunned Athletic Bilbao.

Champions League: Manchester City held to home draw by Roma

Manchester City endured yet another night of Champions League frustration as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Roma.

Champions League: Nemanja Matic earns three points for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon in Group G

Nemanja Matic's header earned Chelsea three away points against Sporting Lisbon in UEFA Champions League Group G.

Mail Box

#Usingfootballersnamesineverydaylife

We have the last of these as well as mails on Liverpool, Wayne Rooney, QPR, Arsenal's injuries and more. It's a mailbox that's Alonso rather than Rafael, if you will...

How Much In 'Pounds Raheem Sterling'?

A whole lot of you use footballers' names in everyday life. And you hate yourselves for it. As you should. We also have mails on Newcastle, Rooney and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property