GATE RE-OPENS FOR ENG­LAND ACE

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Robin Jones

FOR­MER Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Trevor Sin­clair is to make a come­back at the age of 44 – for Step 5 side Squires Gate.

The for­mer QPR, West Ham United and Manch­ester City winger, who last ap­peared on the pitch when he was as­sis­tant man­ager at Lan­caster City three years ago, could not re­sist the chance of play­ing in the same team as his son Isaac for the Black­pool-based North West Coun­ties League side.

Sin­clair Ju­nior made his de­but for Gate as a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute last Sat­ur­day.

His well-known dad be­gan his ca­reer at Black­pool in 1989, and he later joined QPR for a club record £600,000.

As a winger, he earned 12 Eng­land caps – four of them com­ing in the 2002 World Cup.

Sin­clair joined Cardiff City in 2007, and made his last ap­pear­ance for the Blue­birds as a late sub­sti­tute in their 1-0 de­feat to Portsmouth in the 2008 FA Cup Fi­nal.

Hav­ing trained with Gate for the pre­vi­ous two weeks, he watched their 3-2 home league win over City of Liverpool last Sat­ur­day.

A club state­ment said: “The chance for Trevor to line up along­side his son was too good to turn down, and we look for­ward to see­ing both line up for Gate in the com­ing weeks.”

Sin­clair’s come­back comes on the back of a con­tro­ver­sial start to 2018 which saw him ditched from his role as a BBC pun­dit in Jan­uary af­ter ad­mit­ting racially abus­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer who ar­rested him for drink driv­ing.

COME­BACK: Trevor Sin­clair

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