Sporting Chapters

Former Man City player recounts his short career

Last Updated: 12/10/12 9:43am

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Former Manchester City captain Paul Lake is the latest sportsperson to tell Sporting Chapters about their career.

The English defender was once touted as a future Three Lions captain by Sir Bobby Robson.

Emerging through the youth system at the club, it was said Lake could play in any position on the field, such was his ability to read the game.

However, a knee injury ended his promising career and Lake was forced to retire at the age of 23.

In his new book I'm Not Really Here - which is going to be made into a film - Lake tells his tale.

Here, talking to's Kait Borsay, he discusses his career, including:

CITY PRIDE - Lake explains how it felt to be made captain of his boyhood club

TALENT - Lake was told he could play anywhere on the pitch - and says his talents were honed playing with his older brother's friends

INJURY - Lake rejects suggestions he was injury prone - but says his cruciate injury was poorly treated

PSYCHOLOGY - Lake describes the impact his injury had on him mentally

REGRET - Lake talks about the frustration of injury taking away his chance to realise his dreams

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