Durham diary: Watching Wilshere shine in training, interviewing Rooney and more!

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Drivetime and live football presenter Adrian Durham is reporting on the European Championship and every day he takes you behind the scenes in France…Great day! One of those days you just love when you’re doing my job. Nigel Adderley and I walked to England’s training ground in Chantilly this morning, a beautiful walk, only 10 minutes, but when we got there we were told we had to take a 15 minute detour for security reasons, despite being accredited. It’s a frustration with England in tournaments, which will become a bit clearer later on.The training session was good to watch. Raheem Sterling seemed in good spirits, Roy was in talkative mood with the press, and Jack Wilshere scored some cracking goals. Adrian Durham diary I recorded an interview with The Sun football writer Charlie Wyett, who I’ve known for over 20 years, about why the press were critical of Hodgson. I don’t share the negativity they’ve splashed, but I think there are problems Roy has created for himself – Kane on corners, six changes, resting Rooney etc.As I made my way from the training ground to interview Wayne Rooney via the hotel, I saw a family of England fans at the café by the England team hotel, and the dad was carrying a football. He clearly wanted it signed for his kids, and as I passed by I wondered if it would get signed. Would that fan get close enough to the England camp? Security is tight, but restrictions on the players are OTT in my opinion. Could I have helped? Possibly, but I risk talkSPORT’s access if I start doing things like that. I’d love to get all sorts of shirts and balls signed for people and in the past I have helped out, but at a tournament it’s about being professional above all else, I’m afraid, and access is not always easy or guaranteed, despite media outlets paying a substantial amount for rights and UEFA rules obliging Associations to give time and access. It’s a difficult thing to get right when the main focus should be on the football.Then it was off to interview the skipper Wayne Rooney. Let me tell you how it works: the player will train, then shower and change, then do a press conference you all see on Sky Sports News, then get grilled by the newspaper guys, then come for a 1-on-1 interview with talkSPORT and 5 Live who take it in turns, as equal rights holders, to go first.So you can imagine sometimes that after going through all of that some players might be tired, or annoyed at some of the questions, or just keen to get back to the hotel to relax as they walk into the radio room. The truth is that most of them, including the captain today, relax once they sit down with us. Sometimes they open up a bit as Rooney did today about how ridiculous it is for some people to think that just because he is captain he MUST be selected in the starting line-up. Good stuff from Wayne, who has grown and matured into an articulate, thoughtful and intelligent man. 5 Form there it was a rush back across town to our studio for the show. It was a lively debate about Roy Hodgson, and my co-host Alvin Martin was very supportive of the England manager. I was a touch more cautious. We had some very good callers, including Welsh and Irish. Daniel Gabbidon has been working with talkSPORT at these Euros and his interview with Gareth Bale was a seriously good listen.A wonderfully rare steak later, I was in bed watching live coverage of the Brexit result. Fingers crossed… 5 5 5 5last_img read more