Written by • Published 06th September 2013

This month, we spoke to client Fabrice Muamba on life after football and spending time with his family…

How great an experience was captaining England at U-21 level?

I came to England as an 11-year-old boy from the Congo, so leading the country which took me in was an incredibly proud moment for me. We had a very good side, full of players playing in the Premier League and standing there with them, wearing the armband, was amazing. When I first played for the U21 squad, I made sure I learnt every word of the national anthem and when I stepped onto the pitch, I hope people say I always gave my all.

Image Courtesy of godin2017, flickr.com

Image Courtesy of godin2017, flickr.com

How are you finding life off the pitch?

Life is very different – but it is fantastic. Obviously, I miss playing football but I now have the opportunity to do so many different things. This has included working in the media – I’m off to Africa soon to film for a new football TV show – writing a book, filming a documentary, and learning about the off-pitch side to football. Most importantly, I am able to cherish the time I spend with my wife and children.

Congratulations on the birth of your second son, Matthew.  What is your favourite part of fatherhood?

My children are my greatest ever achievement. It is simply the most wonderful thing you can imagine. Being a dad to two boys will keep me busy and I look forward to the time when we can all do things together like play football in the park and things like that.

What does the future hold for you?

The future isn’t written yet and it is up to me to shape it. I have been given a wonderful opportunity and I intend to grab it. There will be ups and downs along the way but I am more than prepared.