After a stroke , Crossen re-learned how to walk and how to talk . He kept walking and is now the captain of England’s cerebral palsy team.
- By Harry De Cosemo:
Matt Crossen’s life was turned upside down on November 13, 2013. He was a semi-professional footballer.He had high hopes but suffered a stroke three weeks after suffering a nose injury while playing for Marske United in the Northern League.Crossen has never fully recovered.
His body was permanently paralyzed on the left side and he has lived with cerebral palsy ever since.Revenge of his body but his desire to play football never let him go.Crosen now spends his time on the pitch playing in the Noon League and captaining England’s cerebral palsy team.Who play small goals as well as side games.
How Matt Crossen recovered himself to get back on the football team ?
Crossen daid,”I loved my football and I played every game to hit this season for Marske ,”
.Struggling to remember the stroke in great detail, I spent six days in the hospital learning to walk, talk, write, brush my teeth, brush my hair .All I had to do from the beginning was to program my mind. What it was like was the hardest part of my life to go through.
My attention was back to the game. Initially I didn’t know anything about England’s CP setup anymore.I was working in a gym at the time and I was practicing small training from home for three months.When I got back in my gym , I took advantage of working there after the Spin class that day, which rebuilt the strength in my legs.I knew that if my legs were strong enough they would take me along and from there I could start playing football again.
He soon returned to the training super after being lost.Although some precautions were taken around him, he says I returned to training with Maeske and he was worried that I would have another stroke.I have a part before my advantage is over I know I will never give it back I was getting the ball down.There was peace in myself and in my game, it is still there, but not as much as before.
I Can’t feel my arm and leg when i’m running and stop people sometimes i don’t feel where my arm is.I have to keep an extra eye around to see where I am and ball can be out of sight.But I went in the style of England and I went in the style of the Northern League. This incident doesn’t bother me.England has to run even harder. In the Northern League, I play either right, left or center back.I am more of a holding midfielder for England. I want to keep things moving.And these guys are a little bit more skilled working their magic .
He says the lure of England’s call got me involved.I still play Northern League football on weekends and I’m in the crock at this moment.Marske developed and with the journey I thought it better to stay at this level.I have a full-time training plan with England. They have to train at least 6 hours a week.I am not training at the moment because my knee ligaments are damaged and i am just coming back to full fitness.
Playing for England has given Crosen the opportunity to train at the national headquarters in St George’s Park and participate in major tournaments around the world. The Cove 19 epidemic has broken the team’s schedule, but he is confident of his future. “Our home pitch is in St. George’s Park. We train there and we have heart monitors. We check in with them when we are not in the camps. I have a contract with England, so It comes with a lot of rewards – like going to the games and getting involved in the setup in general. “
Croissant quickly impressed Fifty’s disabled football development manager Jeff Davis and England manager Andy Smith, offering him the captaincy when available. Smith popped the question in a surprising atmosphere. “We were going to the Netherlands for a training camp and they were playing in a friendly manner,” Crosen said. “I met Jeff and Ghaffar one day after breakfast and they just said: ‘Look, we want you to be captain.’ There was nothing special, just a quick conversation and I never looked back. Didn’t see. I still have a lot of time left. I have a contract with England for a while now and I want to fulfill it.
Media interest in the England team is growing and Croissant is pleasantly surprised by the progress of the game. As captain, he is at the forefront of this, joining brands like Nike and
mingling with his fellow England captain Hurricane. “The brain paralysis team’s performance has skyrocketed.” “It’s a big deal. As soon as the lockdown ends and we remove the virus, I think it starts on a large scale. Footballers, celebrities and people like that are starting to pay attention to it.” And people get interested in the game.
I’ve seen it since I first returned in 2015. It surprised me at the 2018 [CP European Championships] in the Netherlands, how much coverage we were getting. There were no seats in the stands, but people were standing around the pitch. At the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, we had our second most watched sport. The stadium was full and someone told me it had a capacity of 20,000.
Not only is media exposure increasing, but England’s teams are now closer, as well as England’s senior team as well as CP side training. “They always leave us all apart, on a different level, whereas now, you’re all England and you’re all the same. You feel a part of it, no matter what. We are one of the elite male senior parties. I’m lucky to have met Hurricane and to hear him in conversation, to mention his name and to look at me as if we were on the same level as we are all captains. You do not represent England. Whose level is with you, we are all representing England. It’s a big family.
Numerous matches and tournaments were postponed or canceled last year due to the Covid-19, but Crossen is excited about the Paralympics in Tokyo later this year and the European Championships next summer. “Disability just needs more exposure, more matches are being broadcast. You see what’s going on with the tigers now and I know the FA is really trying to get behind it. It is becoming more mainstream.