"...lost behind a silver screen are all the things you could've been to us..."
(Oasis, who put the weight of the world on my shoulders? - see on the right column, video with Italy World Champion)
I hope you can understand what I mean here.
As Liam said some days ago, "Everything's different now. They've got it all haven't they? You don't see many out in the park playing, or in the streets, they're just all indoors staring at screens. I'd hate to be a kid growing up today. It's fucking soulless."
And Ian Wright too, the other day he said there are only a few home-grown talents.
Today they're all in front of a computer, and sometimes I hear people saying they're "going to football", as one of many activities. When I was a child, a kid, in Milan, we were thinking about football the whole day. We even used to play inside the classroom, with teachers VERY angry. In our eyes every little space was created to play football.
I even played alone making tournaments (really) as a mad one, playing for both "teams", in my VERY small room, even making little balls with paper. It was so small that one day I hit a wall with my face and broke my teeth. Another example: we used to play everyday in a small yard (cement, not grass), with people passing and we hitting them so our house porter was always VERY angry with us, trying to steal our ball all the time. And we could play for hours, not just 1 or so.
Result of all this: my generation, some years ago, in 2007, Milan became the best team in football history, and still is, and some years ago, in 2006, Italy became the 1st European country, and still is (2nd in the world after Brazil, where they live football, the poor ones, they have only football on the streets, that's where great players come from).
Today I have a bigger room and a long corridor ("life endless corridor" :) - The Masterplan) and even today I still play football at home, now with my cat :) My double Paul Weller (new album "Wake up the nation"): "get your face off the Facebook and turn off your phone".
Paul Weller playing football :)