Where is Lee Sharpe now?
After a career plagued with injuries, former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe decided to retire from football in 2003 aged just 32 after three seasons in the lower leagues with the likes of Bradford City and Exeter City.
Although he was unlucky with his fitness he still won an impressive amount of silverware during his time at Old Trafford including three Premier League titles, two FA Cup wins, a League Cup win and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup.
He also represented the England national team at senior level winning eight caps between 1991 and 1995.
Check out these retro Manchester United shirt phone cases in the styles of kits that Sharpe used to wear in the early 1990’s.
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Since retiring Sharpe has appeared on a string of reality TV shows including Celebrity Love Island, Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Wrestling.
He has also worked as a pundit on a number of football shows including Match of the Day, ESPN Star in Singapore and the Abu Dhabi Sports Channel, for their exclusive coverage of the Premier League.
Alongside his punditry work he is also an accomplished after dinner speaker with amusing stories and anecdotes about this time playing professional football.
One of his stories involves a young Paul Scholes which he recounted on the BT Sports “Football Tonight” show.
“The senior pros — Robson, Bruce, Schmeichel, McClair — always used to watch the third team, which was then the A team, and Scholes was playing,” Sharpe recounted.
“Robson turns to the manager and says, ‘Who are you keeping, who are you letting go?’ and he obviously said, ‘We’re keeping Beckham, Butt, Neville, this lad, this lad, this lad’s going, and we’re not sure about the little red-head in midfield.’
“Then Scholesy gets the ball on the edge of the box, fakes to shoot and drags it, defender slides past him, fakes to shoot again and drags it, and another midfielder slides past him, shuffles between the two centre-halves, fakes to shoot, keeper goes down onto one knee and Scholesy scoops it and dinks it into the bottom corner.
“And Robson turns to the manager and went, ‘Are you sure you know what you’re talking about?'”
Check out his website for more information on his after dinner speaking services.
In March 2019, Sharpe participated in a TV series called ‘Harry’s Heroes’ which saw football manager Harry Redknapp take a number of ex professionals on a journey to lose weight with the end goal of playing a team of ex Germany internationals.
Ironically, England won the game 4-2 – the same scoreline as the 1966 World Cup Final.
In 2020 he took part in the second series of ‘Harry Heroes‘ which saw the England players travel to Germany to play in a grudge match which they won 1-0.
Sharpe currently provides insight and analysis on various Premier League football matters on Sky Sports News.
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Lee Sharpe: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Bradford City, Leeds United, Manchester United|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com