"Have boots will travel" is a reasonable motto, but these chaps are taking it to extremes. Recruited by Guangdong to play in China's embryonic professional league, they quickly find that the concept of football as a universal language is slightly flawed, particularly when the coach's half-time team- talk is delivered without so much as a nod to his new recruits. What's more, these are Brits abroad you can feel proud of, thoughtful and determined when a thick stereotype might have appealed more to the producers. And OK, so one of them gets banned for a year for thumping an opponent, but like Cantona, he must have been sorely provoked.
This is a simple, memorable story of culture shock, migrant labour and a desire to play professional football which surpasses understanding. Cleverly sandwiched between the glamour of the Cup semi-finals, the gweilos' endeavour will surpass anything which United or Tottenham can muster.Reuse content