"Ignorant people in England and Europe always undermine the J League

Jay Boothroyd has been a big hit since he moved to Japan to play for Jubilo Iwata since then he has moved to Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and has just entered his third season with the club. 

People in England and Europe are ignorant about the J-League

The BBC posted a wonderful interview with Jay Boothroyd about his successful stay in Japan and playing in the J-League which doesn't look like it is ending any time soon. Boothroyd has been in Japan for four seasons now and is a big cult hero there, where he is now fondly known only as Jay.

In the interview, he talks about how he has had to adapt to the different culture, how his tattoos can stop him from going places, and how much he values his interrupter because Japanese is extremely difficult to learn. 

One thing he couldn't get his head around is being positive even in defeat, and not throwing a wobbly. As someone who hates losing, I do know exactly how he feels because I don't think I could cope with people sat around laughing and joking after our team just had a spanking. Fair play to Boothroyd for adapting to accept it, because like he says in the interview, it isn't going to change just because he doesn't like it, as it has been that way for years before he got there and will be that way after he stops playing.

With more and more English players starting to move abroad, someone like Boothroyd could be used as an example for them.

50 and counting

Boothroyd has bagged himself 50 goals in his 4 seasons in Japan, and this is what has seen the fans take to him big time. Gary Lineker didn't reach double figures during his time with Nagoya, but Boothroyd has easily smashed that, albeit he has been there a lot longer than Linekar was.

With no retirement in sight, as Boothroyd stated he is loving life in Japan and loves playing in the very technical J-League that goal tally is set to rise. He has formed a good partnership with Thai attacking player Chatnip. Could he possibly reach 100 goals in Japan before he retires? It is most unlikely but if he gets anywhere close to that it would be a massive achievement for a player dubbed a one-cap wonder in his own country. Jay says he has his sights set on winning the J-League and Asian Champions League too, that looks to be very ambitious but no doubt he will be striving to do it before he hangs up his boots, and we wish him all the luck in the world.

Do click the link at the top of the page and check out the interview on the BBC website.

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