The French midfielder admits to ‘feeling English’ after settling in the Premier League, but admits some things are still hard to accept
Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has admitted to loving English culture and humour, but still cannot understand the merits of eating baked beans with breakfast.
The Frenchman adapted quickly to life in England after arriving at Southampton from Stasbourg in 2008 and claims that sometimes he even ‘feels English’, though struggles to understand a certain British breakfast food.
“I still don’t know how you can eat beans in the morning!” he joked in an interview with Everton’s official website.
“I like your culture, I like the humour of the English people, I like to live in England.
“I understand most things and, to be honest, I feel a little bit English sometimes.”
Cuisine issues aside, Schneiderlin’s stellar performances with the Saints earned him a move to Manchester United in 2015. And although the move didn’t quite work out, the midfielder’s stats speak loudly of his influence when he does play.
772 – Morgan Schneiderlin has made more tackles and interceptions combined (772) than any other PL player since August 2012. Influence.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 11, 2017
The 27-year-old, however, admits that despite his impressive interception numbers he never saw himself as a defensive player in his youth, instead seeing himself as more of a ball distributer.
“I was never a tackler,” he said of his time as a young man. “Of course sometimes I made tackles but not too many – only when I thought I could. I try to nick the ball when I can, think about what the opposition is going to do with the ball and try to make interceptions.
“People in the past have said I’m a good tackler and they just focus on this point. But, since I was very young, my first quality was with the ball at my feet and my range of passing. Coaches used to tell me I needed to improve my tackling but never my passing ability. That has always been the case for me.
“Now I feel confident, I feel in tune with the ball and that’s the most important thing. I’ve always been calm, I always try to find a good solution with a pass and never get too excited when I’m on the ball.”