Danny Mills on WC02, THAT Pires pen & shithouses – The Broken Metatarsal

Danny Mills was a big part of some of our very favourite moments of the 2000s – and the former Leeds, Manchester City and England defender shared some wonderful stories about them on the latest edition of The Broken Metatarsal podcast.

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Looking through our list of previous episodes, we’ve covered England’s Golden Generation, Leeds in the Champions League, Manchester City under Sven-Goran Eriksson, the Arsenal Invincibles, 2000s shithouses – and Mills was there to see it all.

And in easily one of our favourite episodes we’ve recorded, he was funny, honest and open about everything we asked as we fanboyed over a man who, let’s not forget, played in a Champions League semi-final and in all five of England’s games at the 2002 World Cup.

Though, as he candidly points out, he was helped by a certain injury ahead of that tournament – which made him the perfect guest for the second episode of series three of the podcast: “My England career wouldn’t be anywhere without a broken metatarsal and Gary Neville breaking his. I love broken metatarsals to be honest!”

Mills’ recollection of the Beckhams’ pre-World Cup party alone – he was positioned between the toilets and Steps’ table – could have made for a brilliant podcast, but there are plenty more highlights, including sharing the drugs testing room with Ronaldinho after THAT goal, being first on the scene after THAT Robert Pires penalty, winding up opposition wingers with Ben Thatcher and much, much more.

Episode Highlights

How a Broken Metatarsal helped Danny play for England 4:09
Playing in that World Cup squad 6:34
The Beckhams’ pre-tournament party 7m 39s
Were there England cliques? 11m 16s
The ramifications of Rio’s missed drug test 13m
Beckham’s penalty v Argentina 14m 15s
Getting merchandise in the wake of Beckham and isolation in Japan 17m 40s
That Brazil game and Danny’s role in the Ronaldinho red card 20m 30s
Meeting Cafu and Ronaldinho in a drugs test room 21m 40s
Leeds in Europe 24m 44s
The Ashley Cole sending off and the disciplinary process 26m 56s
O’Leary’s love of luxurious hotels 30m 48s
Leeds v Arsenal & did Viduka lift Keown off the ground?  31m 21s
Runs in with Pires, that tackle, and the birth of modern diving 33m 35s
Danny’s favourite shithouses & messing with Savage 35m 39s
Ways to be a shithouse 37m
The deserved Bellamy red & what Bellamy was like 39m 39s
A nice story about Graeme Le Saux 43m 19s
Why Leeds and Arsenal clashed 44m 54s
Danny’s short spell in that terrible Derby side 46m 25s
Paul Jewell’s Sex Tape 50m 09s
Looking back quickly at Danny’s career 51m 04s
Mark brings up a Mills story about Stoke

You can listen to the episode directly below or find us on Apple PodcastsSpotifyAcastCastBoxGoogle PodcastsDeezer and RadioPublic among other providers, where you can hear plenty more episodes in which we celebrate the best of noughties football.

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