Owen Hargreaves, the Canadian-born England international who plays his soccer in Germany, describes what life was like at 16 alone in Munich. Unable to afford the phone calls, and in days before email, Owen just got on with it. Would someone do the same thing now?
It was difficult because I was miles from home and out of my comfort zone but I was so stubborn I did not want to give up. I do not like to ask for help from anyone so just told myself I could do it.
I was presented with a great opportunity and had my foot in the door and I just had to take it.
Back then there was no internet and I could not afford to phone Canada much so I was forced to deal with things on my own.
Now with email and cheap calls if I had done the same I would have been on the phone saying it is too hard all the time.
I am glad I did it as it really made me a lot stronger. Things like that give you confidence.