Craig Eastmond was a teenage talent at Arsenal, with Champions League and Premier League starts before dropping down to League One Colchester.
Managerial changes saw him fall out of favour and without a professional club, before Sutton United revived his career.
As he prepared to face his old club in tomorrow night’s FA Cup fifth round, he met Mail on Sunday columnist and ex-England boss Glenn Hoddle, who has radical ideas about how English football can stop such talent being wasted.
Former England and Tottneham manager Glenn Hoddle interviews Sutton’s Craig Eastmond
“I used to run an academy in Spain where we took English players, who had been released by clubs at the age of 18, and tried to get them back into the game. Hull’s Sam Clucas and Derby’s Ikechi Anya both came through from there having been rejected by Wycombe and Lincoln.
Hoddle and Eastmond enjoy a chat ahead of Sutton’s FA Cup tie against Arsenal
Glenn added: “I’ve always felt that a lot of young players can get rejected or lose their way but still have a lot of potential to play professionally.
“Obviously your situation is slightly different because you had a taste of first team football, which probably makes it even harder.”
Check out Glenn’s full interview with Sutton’s potential hero…