Man Utd defender Smalling grew up idolising Arsenal legend Adams

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling admits he grew up idolising Arsenal legend Tony Adams.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling admits he grew up idolising Arsenal legend Tony Adams.

Smalling is tipped as a future captain, and spoke of his admiration for the defensive leaders he grew up watching.

"It was the leadership of Tony Adams I looked up to," he told the Daily Mail. "Watching TV, you can’t always see how much a defender talks, but even on TV you could sense that he was a real leader.

"Of course, Rio [Ferdinand] and [Nemanja] Vidic are the guys I learn from as a defender now.

"They really are among the world’s best, and training with them each day is a real positive. I’m making sure I make full use of it for as long as I can."

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