AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Lee Camp: I can't believe people talk about privacy and then tweet

A PRIVATE PERSON: Cherries goalkeeper Lee Camp

A PRIVATE PERSON: Cherries goalkeeper Lee Camp

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LEE Camp is a grumpy old man, he readily admits as much.

These days, the Cherries custodian would much rather kick back with a coffee than join the rat race of the information highway or get too immersed in the faceless world of social media.

Despite his fiery on-field persona, at 29, Camp just wants the quiet life, but like the most self-respecting of irritable sports fans on the street, he simply cannot resist a grumble about the state of the English game.

Accepting he would be a shoo-in for the BBC series Grumpy Old Men, VAT and the price of his afternoon beverage were near the top of his list of gripes.

But the Northern Ireland keeper’s biggest bugbear is the manner in which England’s prospects at international tournaments constantly become embellished.

“I’d probably try to calm people down a bit,” said Camp. “People seem to have this perception that we’re a leading nation in football and I don’t see it. Personally, I think we’re miles behind.

“This is probably the first World Cup I’ve known where I haven’t heard people talking about winning it. It’s the first time people have had a realistic perspective on it.

“I have played a little bit of international football against some top nations and the standard was phenomenal. The likes of Holland, Spain and Germany are turning out players left, right and centre.

“They are a million miles ahead of England in terms of technical ability. We all talk about this English way and playing to our strengths but the game has changed. If we don’t catch up, and quickly, we’ll be left struggling to qualify for major tournaments.

“You look at second division teams in Holland, Portugal and Spain and they all master a technical game, even though they’re not at the top level. It shows how far behind we are.

“It is nice to pick up the papers and not see constant talk about winning the World Cup so let’s hope it doesn’t go too mad once the season finishes.”

But it’s not just the hype surrounding the national team that forces Camp to switch off with the anonymous army of “keyboard warriors” on Facebook and Twitter holding little appeal to Cherries’ former loan star.

Discussing his lifestyle since completing a permanent switch to Dean Court in January, Camp added: “I’m nearly 30 now, I’m becoming an old man but I’m quite happy being grumpy and old. I’m pretty boring – I enjoy a coffee in the afternoon and a read of what’s going on in the world. I try to keep myself to myself because I’m quite a private guy.

“Plenty of people have their opinions about me but a lot of it is down to perception and reality and social media plays its part.

“My family are on Twitter and some of the things people say amaze me. Most of the rumours couldn’t be farther from the truth.

“I’m a great believer that if you have something to say then you have it man to man. I’m not really one for sitting on my settee, voicing my opinion. I have done it in the past and it hasn’t always been the best thing.

“It’s just not for me. I can’t believe people talk about privacy then tweet what they’re doing in a coffee shop to about 50,000 followers.

“It’s a fantastic tool but, unfortunately, people abuse it.

“I just tell people to ring me if they want me.”

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7:18am Wed 2 Apr 14

alasdair1967 says...

Well done lee good old fashioned values love the comment if they want me ring me ,good two fingers up to social media
Well done lee good old fashioned values love the comment if they want me ring me ,good two fingers up to social media alasdair1967
  • Score: 9

8:00am Wed 2 Apr 14

Afcbpete says...

Bloody Great Lee... Someone as Grumpy as me!!! UTCIAD
Bloody Great Lee... Someone as Grumpy as me!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 4

8:32am Wed 2 Apr 14

boyerboy says...

Are you Sh****o are you Sh****o in disguise ????
Are you Sh****o are you Sh****o in disguise ???? boyerboy
  • Score: -4

8:40am Wed 2 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Nice one Lee, Joey Barton is a Twitter fiend, this should wind him up for a 1st half red card!
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Nice one Lee, Joey Barton is a Twitter fiend, this should wind him up for a 1st half red card! UTC TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 2

9:17am Wed 2 Apr 14

c0ckbeard says...

To be honest after his dad Mick phoned up Radio Derby a few years ago I am really not surprised that Lee would like to value his privacy. That incident really put a black mark against his career and the Derby fans were still singing "Daddy's Boy" last month. That was why he was reacting to them. Nothing wrong with being a grumpy old sausage, I would say so your talking on the pitch however some of the talking of it is brilliant. Ian Harte's interview the other day being a cracking case in point
To be honest after his dad Mick phoned up Radio Derby a few years ago I am really not surprised that Lee would like to value his privacy. That incident really put a black mark against his career and the Derby fans were still singing "Daddy's Boy" last month. That was why he was reacting to them. Nothing wrong with being a grumpy old sausage, I would say so your talking on the pitch however some of the talking of it is brilliant. Ian Harte's interview the other day being a cracking case in point c0ckbeard
  • Score: 2

9:18am Wed 2 Apr 14

StewieJT says...

An old man at 29?! That comment makes him seem young, but I guess he feels old when most of his team mates are younger.
An old man at 29?! That comment makes him seem young, but I guess he feels old when most of his team mates are younger. StewieJT
  • Score: 2

9:47am Wed 2 Apr 14

smhinto says...

I totally agree in the absolute with everything Mr Camp has said about the English game. He is right, we are light years behind most other countres with regard to technical ability.
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The problem with us English that we have too much of this 'three lions on the shirt' attitude.
.
It is amazing how the Germans for one example can turn out quality players quickly and develop them at three times the speed of ourselves.
.
We flood out Premier League with Foreigh players and then wonder why we struggle to pick an England Squad. When the top Premier League clubs play each other one can often count on one hand how many English players are on the field. We then wonder why we fail on the international stage.
.
Secondly, we have not grasped the fact that we need a Winter break like most other countries do. We looked knackered and jaded during the past world cup.
.
We do really need a kick up the backside as far as football is concerned.
.
It makes me vomit.
I totally agree in the absolute with everything Mr Camp has said about the English game. He is right, we are light years behind most other countres with regard to technical ability. . The problem with us English that we have too much of this 'three lions on the shirt' attitude. . It is amazing how the Germans for one example can turn out quality players quickly and develop them at three times the speed of ourselves. . We flood out Premier League with Foreigh players and then wonder why we struggle to pick an England Squad. When the top Premier League clubs play each other one can often count on one hand how many English players are on the field. We then wonder why we fail on the international stage. . Secondly, we have not grasped the fact that we need a Winter break like most other countries do. We looked knackered and jaded during the past world cup. . We do really need a kick up the backside as far as football is concerned. . It makes me vomit. smhinto
  • Score: 6

10:45am Wed 2 Apr 14

goofy69 says...

Well said Lee. It is also about time UK football got rid of some of the overseas players, to allow UK born player a chance. What are AFC doing about Ian Harte's future contract. He has made a BIG difference at the back, with Charlie injured
Well said Lee. It is also about time UK football got rid of some of the overseas players, to allow UK born player a chance. What are AFC doing about Ian Harte's future contract. He has made a BIG difference at the back, with Charlie injured goofy69
  • Score: 1

12:02pm Wed 2 Apr 14

CherryFarmer says...

smhinto wrote:
I totally agree in the absolute with everything Mr Camp has said about the English game. He is right, we are light years behind most other countres with regard to technical ability.
.
The problem with us English that we have too much of this 'three lions on the shirt' attitude.
.
It is amazing how the Germans for one example can turn out quality players quickly and develop them at three times the speed of ourselves.
.
We flood out Premier League with Foreigh players and then wonder why we struggle to pick an England Squad. When the top Premier League clubs play each other one can often count on one hand how many English players are on the field. We then wonder why we fail on the international stage.
.
Secondly, we have not grasped the fact that we need a Winter break like most other countries do. We looked knackered and jaded during the past world cup.
.
We do really need a kick up the backside as far as football is concerned.
.
It makes me vomit.
Dear vomiting smhinto,
I don't think a mid season break would help the national team. Major clubs would seize the opportunity and organise a money spinning world tour to boost their coffers.....no rest for the players. Also it is a poor argument as to why England performed so badly at the last world cup.....the majority of the players for the other nations also play in the premiership....they did not show signs of tiredness.
Yes, there are far too many foreign players in our league and this should be restricted to allow for English players to get first team matches.
There are a few promising youngsters coming through.....particul
arly Barkley, Sturridge, the left-back up the road, and i have been very impressed by John Stones at Everton (definately one for the future). Unfortunately, there are not enough coming through.
I think part of the problem lies with poor coaching in the youngsters early development where aggression and physical stature seems to be paramount....at the expense of technical expertise and intelligence and reading a game. There are too many coaches etc who get their jobs because they can shout louder than others....we need more coaches like Eddie Howe, Roberto Martinez, Brendon Rogers, Arsene Wenger....and less like Tim Sherwood, Sam Alladice and Paulo Di Canio.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: I totally agree in the absolute with everything Mr Camp has said about the English game. He is right, we are light years behind most other countres with regard to technical ability. . The problem with us English that we have too much of this 'three lions on the shirt' attitude. . It is amazing how the Germans for one example can turn out quality players quickly and develop them at three times the speed of ourselves. . We flood out Premier League with Foreigh players and then wonder why we struggle to pick an England Squad. When the top Premier League clubs play each other one can often count on one hand how many English players are on the field. We then wonder why we fail on the international stage. . Secondly, we have not grasped the fact that we need a Winter break like most other countries do. We looked knackered and jaded during the past world cup. . We do really need a kick up the backside as far as football is concerned. . It makes me vomit.[/p][/quote]Dear vomiting smhinto, I don't think a mid season break would help the national team. Major clubs would seize the opportunity and organise a money spinning world tour to boost their coffers.....no rest for the players. Also it is a poor argument as to why England performed so badly at the last world cup.....the majority of the players for the other nations also play in the premiership....they did not show signs of tiredness. Yes, there are far too many foreign players in our league and this should be restricted to allow for English players to get first team matches. There are a few promising youngsters coming through.....particul arly Barkley, Sturridge, the left-back up the road, and i have been very impressed by John Stones at Everton (definately one for the future). Unfortunately, there are not enough coming through. I think part of the problem lies with poor coaching in the youngsters early development where aggression and physical stature seems to be paramount....at the expense of technical expertise and intelligence and reading a game. There are too many coaches etc who get their jobs because they can shout louder than others....we need more coaches like Eddie Howe, Roberto Martinez, Brendon Rogers, Arsene Wenger....and less like Tim Sherwood, Sam Alladice and Paulo Di Canio. CherryFarmer
  • Score: 2

1:39pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Phil McG (Italy) says...

smhinto wrote:
I totally agree in the absolute with everything Mr Camp has said about the English game. He is right, we are light years behind most other countres with regard to technical ability.
.
The problem with us English that we have too much of this 'three lions on the shirt' attitude.
.
It is amazing how the Germans for one example can turn out quality players quickly and develop them at three times the speed of ourselves.
.
We flood out Premier League with Foreigh players and then wonder why we struggle to pick an England Squad. When the top Premier League clubs play each other one can often count on one hand how many English players are on the field. We then wonder why we fail on the international stage.
.
Secondly, we have not grasped the fact that we need a Winter break like most other countries do. We looked knackered and jaded during the past world cup.
.
We do really need a kick up the backside as far as football is concerned.
.
It makes me vomit.
I blame the quality of the scouts in the game!

Joking aside, the Premiershi* or Premier League was created with the aim of improving the national team by reducing the number of teams in it. Hasn't had much of an effect, has it?

Italy has a far better track record internationally speaking even if the quality in Serie A hasn't been so good for the last 20 years or so. The argument for 'a mid-season break' is a week one, in my opinion. The 'break' exists here in Italy but all the clubs do is fly off to countries further afield and play a few games with aim of improving their global fan base and bank balance. They don't exactly have a rest.
However, there is only one cup competition, Coppa Italia, which is the equivalent to the FA Cup.

My personal opinon is that the reformat of the European cup competitions has had the biggest negative effect on our national team as well as the over use of foreign players particularly by the top flight teams.

I just hope the Cherries' players maintain their form once they get selected! Up the Cherries!
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: I totally agree in the absolute with everything Mr Camp has said about the English game. He is right, we are light years behind most other countres with regard to technical ability. . The problem with us English that we have too much of this 'three lions on the shirt' attitude. . It is amazing how the Germans for one example can turn out quality players quickly and develop them at three times the speed of ourselves. . We flood out Premier League with Foreigh players and then wonder why we struggle to pick an England Squad. When the top Premier League clubs play each other one can often count on one hand how many English players are on the field. We then wonder why we fail on the international stage. . Secondly, we have not grasped the fact that we need a Winter break like most other countries do. We looked knackered and jaded during the past world cup. . We do really need a kick up the backside as far as football is concerned. . It makes me vomit.[/p][/quote]I blame the quality of the scouts in the game! Joking aside, the Premiershi* or Premier League was created with the aim of improving the national team by reducing the number of teams in it. Hasn't had much of an effect, has it? Italy has a far better track record internationally speaking even if the quality in Serie A hasn't been so good for the last 20 years or so. The argument for 'a mid-season break' is a week one, in my opinion. The 'break' exists here in Italy but all the clubs do is fly off to countries further afield and play a few games with aim of improving their global fan base and bank balance. They don't exactly have a rest. However, there is only one cup competition, Coppa Italia, which is the equivalent to the FA Cup. My personal opinon is that the reformat of the European cup competitions has had the biggest negative effect on our national team as well as the over use of foreign players particularly by the top flight teams. I just hope the Cherries' players maintain their form once they get selected! Up the Cherries! Phil McG (Italy)
  • Score: 1

4:15pm Wed 2 Apr 14

canfordcherry says...

smhinto wrote:
I totally agree in the absolute with everything Mr Camp has said about the English game. He is right, we are light years behind most other countres with regard to technical ability.
.
The problem with us English that we have too much of this 'three lions on the shirt' attitude.
.
It is amazing how the Germans for one example can turn out quality players quickly and develop them at three times the speed of ourselves.
.
We flood out Premier League with Foreigh players and then wonder why we struggle to pick an England Squad. When the top Premier League clubs play each other one can often count on one hand how many English players are on the field. We then wonder why we fail on the international stage.
.
Secondly, we have not grasped the fact that we need a Winter break like most other countries do. We looked knackered and jaded during the past world cup.
.
We do really need a kick up the backside as far as football is concerned.
.
It makes me vomit.
Don't forget everyone will have a winter break in 2022. Enforced by the world cup in Quatar. It's only 8 years away.
We need to limit the amount of 'jonny foreigers' in the Premier Lge and force Clubs to use more English players. It's the only way to produce a National team which may be able to produce the goods when required and live up to our expectations.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: I totally agree in the absolute with everything Mr Camp has said about the English game. He is right, we are light years behind most other countres with regard to technical ability. . The problem with us English that we have too much of this 'three lions on the shirt' attitude. . It is amazing how the Germans for one example can turn out quality players quickly and develop them at three times the speed of ourselves. . We flood out Premier League with Foreigh players and then wonder why we struggle to pick an England Squad. When the top Premier League clubs play each other one can often count on one hand how many English players are on the field. We then wonder why we fail on the international stage. . Secondly, we have not grasped the fact that we need a Winter break like most other countries do. We looked knackered and jaded during the past world cup. . We do really need a kick up the backside as far as football is concerned. . It makes me vomit.[/p][/quote]Don't forget everyone will have a winter break in 2022. Enforced by the world cup in Quatar. It's only 8 years away. We need to limit the amount of 'jonny foreigers' in the Premier Lge and force Clubs to use more English players. It's the only way to produce a National team which may be able to produce the goods when required and live up to our expectations. canfordcherry
  • Score: 0

6:54pm Wed 2 Apr 14

alasdair1967 says...

smhinto wrote:
I totally agree in the absolute with everything Mr Camp has said about the English game. He is right, we are light years behind most other countres with regard to technical ability.
.
The problem with us English that we have too much of this 'three lions on the shirt' attitude.
.
It is amazing how the Germans for one example can turn out quality players quickly and develop them at three times the speed of ourselves.
.
We flood out Premier League with Foreigh players and then wonder why we struggle to pick an England Squad. When the top Premier League clubs play each other one can often count on one hand how many English players are on the field. We then wonder why we fail on the international stage.
.
Secondly, we have not grasped the fact that we need a Winter break like most other countries do. We looked knackered and jaded during the past world cup.
.
We do really need a kick up the backside as far as football is concerned.
.
It makes me vomit.
I do not believe this I'm actually agreeing with you ,would be very interested to see out of the 220 premier league players starting this weekend how many would actually eligible to play for England, quite frankly being a premier league player should not give you the god given right to pull on an England shirt , In my opinion the fa should look to the lower divisions as there are players with just as if not more commitment and heart that could put on just as good if not better performances than these premier prima donnas
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: I totally agree in the absolute with everything Mr Camp has said about the English game. He is right, we are light years behind most other countres with regard to technical ability. . The problem with us English that we have too much of this 'three lions on the shirt' attitude. . It is amazing how the Germans for one example can turn out quality players quickly and develop them at three times the speed of ourselves. . We flood out Premier League with Foreigh players and then wonder why we struggle to pick an England Squad. When the top Premier League clubs play each other one can often count on one hand how many English players are on the field. We then wonder why we fail on the international stage. . Secondly, we have not grasped the fact that we need a Winter break like most other countries do. We looked knackered and jaded during the past world cup. . We do really need a kick up the backside as far as football is concerned. . It makes me vomit.[/p][/quote]I do not believe this I'm actually agreeing with you ,would be very interested to see out of the 220 premier league players starting this weekend how many would actually eligible to play for England, quite frankly being a premier league player should not give you the god given right to pull on an England shirt , In my opinion the fa should look to the lower divisions as there are players with just as if not more commitment and heart that could put on just as good if not better performances than these premier prima donnas alasdair1967
  • Score: 2

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