Ryan Bertrand is the subject of the feature-length interview in the matchday magazine when Southampton host Liverpool at St Mary’s on Sunday…
Ryan Bertrand is not one to crave the limelight.
He’s on social media, but not a prolific user. When he does tweet, it’s rarely about football, and appearances in the press are few and far between.
You could be forgiven for assuming the England man sees football as a job, and that once he leaves Staplewood he turns a blind eye to the beautiful game.
Bertrand is a deep thinker on and off the pitch, a religious watcher of football and an authoritative figure in the dressing room.
He loves to talk football, just prefers to keep his views in-house.
It was refreshing, then, to see Bertrand make an impromptu appearance on Match of the Day 2 three weeks ago, following Saints’ 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s.
Still in full kit, he spoke eloquently about the game, discussing his thought processes in and out of possession and analysing phases of play with distinction.
“I never really get the chance, so it was actually nice to get to speak in a little bit more detail rather than just the generic questions when you’re reacting,” the defender told SAINTS.
The dismissive reference to “generic questions” is quite telling. This is a rare opportunity to pick his brain.
Bertrand goes on to discuss how he struggles to get over a defeat, why he took five years to feel part of the England setup, and the time he had to deliver a pre-match team talk to established international stars at Chelsea.
For all this and more, read the full feature interview in Sunday’s edition of SAINTS, the matchday magazine priced at £4.
You can also pre-order, find all previous editions and take out a subscription for the season by visiting saintsmagazines.co.uk.