|Wolfe: World Cup experience was fascinating |
Sunday, May 12 2013
LONDON: At the tender age of 23, Anthony Wolfe was called up to the Trinidad and Tobago national team by coach Leo Beenhakker for the 2006 World Cup squad to bolster a star-studded strike force that included the likes of Stern John and Dwight Yorke.
Wolfe started his professional career with North East Stars in the TT Pro League in 2002 and won the league title with the Sangre Grande-based club in 2004, during which he contributed eight goals.
The attacker then made the switch to San Juan Jabloteh in 2006 and became the league’s top scorer with 16 goals before making the move to the United States, where he played for the Atlanta Silverbacks in the North American Soccer League, the second tier in the American football system.
Speaking exclusively to Goal.com Singapore, Wolfe recalled his experience in the footballing world thus far, which has also seen him mobbed by fans in Malaysia when he attended trials with clubs in the Southeast Asian country earlier this year, although no contract offers were forthcoming.
“I played alongside both Dwight Yorke and Kenwyne Jones and the experience was great and I learnt a lot from them, especially on how to maintain our professionalism in whatever I do or wherever I go,” he said. “I learnt that I must always keep my head above waters, play hard and fair and put in hard work on the pitch. Dwight always tells me to do extra work on my own so that I can be a much better player.”
When asked about his most memorable moments in his career, his answer came as no surprise.
“Going to the World Cup, of course!” the 30-year-old said without hesitation.
“I wasn’t surprised because I knew as long as I worked hard, there was no reason why I should not [have] been included in the World Cup squad as I was in ripping form at that time; as well as [that] I [also] won the TT Pro League top scorer award.
“Being with the national team at the World Cup was just fascinating and no words can explain my joy and I enjoyed every bit of it. We were like one big happy family and it was a dream come true.”
“I knew for sure it would be an unforgettable experience for me as I have reached the pinnacle of world football — it’s every footballer’s dream to go to the World Cup, and I am glad I got mine.”
His fine performances in the past have earned him praise from his peers, amongst them former England international and Tottenham Hotspur legend Terry Fenwick, who described him as “an unselfish centre-forward” who was “lethal in and around the penalty area”.
After his failure to secure a contract in Malaysia, Wolfe went back to his native country and signed for Central FC in the TT Pro League, where they ended the season in fifth place in the eight-team league.