Squibb earns his first call-up to the national team
Dan Squibb can be considered as one of the ‘new breed’ of beach soccer in England. Originally establishing himself as one of the best playmakers in the Isle of Wight League, he won numerous awards which caught the eye of player/manager Jamie O’Rourke. Impressing in such fashion earned him a call up for this weekend’s games against Portugal and Bahrain respectively.
EBS caught up with Dan just a few days before he jets off to Portugal to earn his first cap for his country:
How does it feel to get your first call up to the England team?
It feels really good. I have been playing beach soccer for 4 years now and my aim, like many others, is to play for my national team. It feels great and I cannot wait to get on the pitch and show what I can do at the top level.
How did you get into beach soccer?
The Isle of Wight Beach Soccer League is played literally 2 minutes from my house. I started watching games and then played for my local team. John Hawkins (Chief Executive but the then England Manager) had a massive influence in my desire to play.
Who do you mostly look up to in the current England Beach Soccer team?
Terry Bowes (the captain) has been involved in beach soccer since the beginning. He has a lot of experience and is someone who I look at to improve my own game. The lads sometimes joke that he is “my dad” as we have similar personalities on and off the pitch.
What piece of advice would you give to someone wanting to get involved in beach soccer?
It’s an easy answer really...get playing! I found that once I started to play, it became very addictive. Like all sports you have to work hard and knuckle down. Try and find an amateur tournament or group of mates that are also keen and just go and try it.
England play Bahrain on Saturday October 31st at 16:30 and hosts Portugal on Sunday November 1st at 18:00.