Former England international and Manchester United defender Wes Brown spoke about his thoughts on the World Cup, UK media and reflected on the greatest night of his career in Moscow a decade ago.
Brown was in Russia to take part in a special friendly match between former Russian football stars and the FIFA Legends from around the world in Kaliningrad, the most westerly Russia 2018 host city, on Sunday.
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FIFA Legends team were made up of stars such as Pascal Zuberbuhler, Niko Kranjcar, Nuno Gomes, Brown and Cafu, who defeated their Russian counterparts 6-4 at the newly-built World Cup Football Park that was opened on the same day.
Right before the game, former United right-back defender Brown told R-Sport about playing in the 2008 Champions League final versus Chelsea at Luzhniki Stadium. That night, Brown provided the cross for Cristiano Ronaldos opening goal on the way to The Red Devils winning the trophy on penalties.
Ten years on and that same stadium, now newly-renovated, will host the Russia 2018 opening game and final. Brown shared his thoughts on the tournament, beginning from the memories of that night.
“Its my best memory, it was a great when I was playing. Against Chelsea as well. My whole family came out, has a really good time, really enjoyed it, and obviously we won as well. It was ten years ago 2 weeks ago. So my sister made sure she reminded me of that and it was a great occasion, we had a great party afterwards and we celebrated well," Brown said to RSport.
“For me that season I played really well. Gary Neville was injured, so the gaffer made me play right back. And I had a really good season, we had such a good bond, the team was so strong that year and we always knew we were going to win that cup. Thats what we focussed on from the beginning.
Although Brown, who came up through the youth ranks at his local side Manchester United, admits the best moment of his career occurred in Moscow, he conceded that he is yet to see the city properly, something he hopes to put right in the twilight of his career.
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