If you were
an actor, who would your leading lady be ? Either Halle Berry, who was
excellent in 'Monsters Ball' and memorable in James Bond's 'Die Another
Day' or Eva Mendes. She was great in 'Out Of Time' and '2 Fast 2
you entertained on long journeys ? Diego Maradona's autobiography. I
read quite a few autobiographies and 'El Diego' is the latest one I am
cartoon character ? Tom and Jerry
town/city ? Newcastle, my home town where I was born and bred, it is
very lively and there things are always happening there.
the most hi-tec piece of equipment you own ? Probably my iPod.
good/bad about being famous ? If you are well known then you are
obviously doing the right things and doing well in your sport. Your
privacy being compromised sometimes is probably the only downside.
would you like to live over again ? My England debut against Mexico in
annoys you ? Bad refereeing decisions.
your all-time sports person ? Michael Jordan, who absolutely conquered
flavour filling would you have in a jacket potato ? Tuna mayonnaise.
would you sing if you were doing karaoke ? Probably 'Father And Son',
the Boyzone version which I have listened to the most, as it is the only
song I know all the words to.
have a lucky charm or superstition ? No, not really.
the last film you saw ? We watched 'Collateral' on the coach recently,
which was pretty good. I haven't been to the cinema for ages, and the
last film was probably 'Out Of time' with Denzel Washington.
you scared of ? Heights. I went to Paris with the missus and we went
up the Eiffel Tower. The queue for the lift was too long, so we took
the stairs, and that was scary ! There was just netting between us and
the long drop, but the missus was just laughing at me.
the best journey you've ever been on ? Moving from Newcastle, coming to
London and making the progression as a footballer and a person.
believe in ghosts ? No, I don't believe in them.
Who is the
quickest you have ever played against ? I know everyone says Thierry
Henry, but there is probably no-one quicker in the Premier League.
you last cook and what did you cook ? I cooked a pasta dish the other
night and made the sauce from scratch with tomatoes, garlic, a few
onions, herbs and seasoning.
you listen to in the car today ? Usher.
you always put off until tomorrow ? Opening and reading the mail.
biggest surprise you have ever had ? When I got in the England squad,
mu Mum organised a surprise party for me at home in Newcastle. For the
first 10 seconds I just wanted to die, but it turned out to be a great
your favourite ice cream flavour ? The caramel ice-cream they serve at
Georgio's restaurant, near to where I used to live.
anything you can't live without ? Apart form the missus, family and
friends, I would say my car and my mobile phone.
ever played a musical instrument ? I played the drums at school, but
not very well. The missus bought me a guitar about 18 months ago and I
keep promising to take lessons, but I haven't done yet.
you last get a yellow card and did you deserve it ? I can't remember
the last one … I certainly haven't been given one since I have been at
your favourite animal at the zoo ? Lions, Tigers, all the big cats.