West Brom's Mantom could've been England cricket star

West Bromwich Albion prospect Sam Mantom admits he could've been lost to the sport. Mantom reveals he also was a talented cricketer growing up.

West Bromwich Albion prospect Sam Mantom admits he could've been lost to the sport.

Mantom reveals he also was a talented cricketer growing up.

He told the Sunday Mercury: “When I was younger I had a choice between cricket and football, but I chose football.

“I can play cricket to a good level. I used to play for Stourbridge and the district, but I thought that football was the better way to go.

“I played every sport at school apart from rugby. I didn’t really like it. It just wasn’t for me. I was always worried about getting injured.

“A few people dislike me because I could beat them at every sport.

“I’ve had it in the ear from some of my mates about it, but it’s just the way I am. I can’t help it!

“I suppose I’m used to it now, but my focus is just on succeeding at West Brom now.”

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