Belfast Telegraph

Dion Dublin can strike right note at Milk Cup draw

By Staff Reporter

Former England striker Dion Dublin will be in Belfast next week to make the draw for this summer's Dale Farm Milk Cup tournament.

The ex-Manchester United, Aston Villa and Celtic star began his career with the Norwich City youth academy, although never played at the world famous international youth competition.

However, the Canaries have an impressive record at the event where former Northern Ireland defender Sammy Morgan enjoyed considerable success with his teams, winning three Junior titles – two in the early '90s and a third in 2001.

At Cambridge, Dublin helped the U's move up from the old fourth division to the second division and he scored on his Manchester United debut. He won four England caps while at Coventry City and was the joint top scorer in the Premier League at Aston Villa. In all, he scored 234 goals in 620 club appearances.

Since retiring from professional football in 2008, Dublin has built a successful media career as a football pundit for the BBC, Sky and ESPN. This season, he can be seen as a regular guest on Football Focus, Final Score and Match of the Day 2 for BBC Sport.

Aside from his love of football, Dion is extremely passionate about jazz music and he has invented a unique musical instrument, a cube-shaped percussion piece called the Dube.

He also manages the band 'The Establishment' and is an accomplished saxophonist.

He said: "Encouraging youth football is paramount to the future success of the game and I know that many of the world's great players have competed at the event over the years. I am looking forward to visiting Belfast to learn more about the tournament."

The draw will take place from 10.45am at W5 in the Odyssey complex, Belfast, next Tuesday, May 27.

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