Sheffield United legend Tony Currie recalls ‘frustration’ of England career and reveals what happened when he left the Blades

Sheffield United legend Tony Currie has spoken of his frustration at only receiving 17 caps for England and revealed exactly what happened on the day he left the Blades and joined Leeds United.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Currie recalled his frustration at not receiving more opportunities to play for England under Don Revie, despite his belief that he should have been in the starting team.

Tony Currie

Tony Currie

Speaking of his England career when Revie was manager, Currie said: “I found it strange. He did a fantastic job at Leeds United, where he had skilful players and he trusted them, and they loved him and yet he totally lost it as England manager.

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“He didn’t trust those he thought were playboys. Me and Huddy (Hudson) were the best midfield players in the country at the time. I’d have played us two in midfield. But he played Martin Dobson and Brian Talbot in there. He played Trevor Cherry in midfield.

“Seventeen caps in seven years. It’s not a lot. Frustration, really.”

Currie, who had the South Stand at Bramall Lane renamed in his honour earlier this year, left United after three years following the club’s relegation from the top flight.

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The day he left United, he got in the car with general manager John Harris with no idea where they were going.

“We pulled up at Elland Road. He said, ‘Go on son, they want to sign you’.

“When I came back, he said, ‘What happened?’ and I said, ‘Well, I’ve signed’. He sighed and his head dropped. I didn’t want to leave. But I was angry with the board.”