Former Everton great Peter Reid has hit out at former prospect Jack Rodwell, saying that choosing the money cost him his England career.
Rodwell was touted as one of England’s best prospects when he came through the ranks at Everton. The midfielder left Goodison Park in 2012 for the big bucks at Manchester City. Rodwell only made 16 league appearances for City over two seasons at the club.
Reid, 59, who played for both Everton and City during his career, believes that Rodwell’s lack of playing time at City ended up costing him a great career.
“Footballers have to play, it’s all about time on the pitch,” Reid told The Daily Mirror. “You can have top players, great coaches but the best players reach the top through playing regularly.
“It’s relevant to every young footballer. Get out there, be with a team where you are going to play, it’s as simple as that.
“Jack came up through the ranks at Everton, everyone was suitably impressed and he was a huge talent. Strong, good on the ball and an excellent prospect.
“Fair play to him, he backed himself to go to City. There’s a few English lads who went to City and it didn’t work. Scott Sinclair is another one.
“I can understand them going to City. It’s a great club, great set-up and you can win trophies. But you can’t if you’re not playing. And that’s the problem.
“Now he has gone to Sunderland and he’s still not playing. What is that telling you?”
Reid was known as a hard-nosed midfielder that always gave it his all on the pitch.
“Some players have come in, worked hard and succeeded,” said Reid. “Others need to work harder. For me, it’s all about hard work and desire.
“Jamie Vardy is a brilliant example. It didn’t work for him early in his career, he went through non-league, kept working, kept going and was playing every week, albeit at a lower level.