Campbell thrilled by birth of baby...and England career
Published 22:25 02/03/12 By Simon Bird
Frazier Campbell faced a tough call this week – see his first child born or make his England debut.
The Sunderland striker’s wife went into labour on Wednesday morning, leaving him with an impossible choice. He was already in London with Stuart Pearce’s squad, ahead of the friendly with Holland, and primed to come on as a substitute.
Campbell stayed with the squad hoping to get home in time to be at the birth. But baby Isla Rose arrived on Wednesday evening as her daddy pulled on the Three Lions shirt for the first time.
The pair were united a few hours later as Campbell dashed back to the North East. He said: “I couldn’t have written a better day. It was one of those crazy things – we never expected the baby to be born on the same day as my England debut.
“It was a great day which I’ll never, ever forget. The baby wasn’t due until Monday and everyone told me that the first one is always late, so cheers for that guys!”
Campbell played the last
10 minutes and added: “I am gutted to have missed the birth but she might have been born the day after and I’d have been gutted not to have got the chance to play for England.”