Fraizer Campbell reveals England debut vs childbirth dilemma
Published 13:23 02/03/12 By Simon Bird
Fraizer Campbell has revealed the amazing dilemma he faced this week - see his first child born or play for England.
The Sunderland striker's wife went in to labour on Wednesday morning of the England game, leaving Campbell with an impossible choice.
He was already in London with the Stuart Pearce's England squad ahead of the friendly with Holland, and primed to come on for his international debut as a substitute.
Campbell stayed with the squad hoping to get home after the Wembley match to be at the birth.
But Isla Rose - the pair's first child - arrived on Wednesday evening as her daddy pulled on the Three Lions shirt for the first time.
The pair were united in the early hours of Thursday as Campbell dashed back to the North East.
He said on Friday: "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. My girlfriend wasn't due until Monday and everyone told me that the first one is always late, so cheers for that guys!
"I am gutted to have missed the birth of my first child but at the same time if I'd have left she might have been born the day afterwards and I'd have been gutted not to have got the chance to play for England.
"I have had 18 months of missing football through injury and I will always be there for my daughter. I could get injured and never have the chance to play for England again and that would have been playing on my mind."
Campbell played the last 10 minutes of the game and was part of England's comeback from two down to 2-2 before Arjen Robben's late winner.
He said: "It was amazing to be on the pitch celebrating with the lads when we got it back to 2-2.
"They deflected one in for the winner which was a sucker punch, but it was a great experience for myself and the family members who came to watch the game.
"I'm quite relaxed about the whole thing. I'll let everyone else speculate about what's going to happen; I'm just enjoying right now and I couldn't be any happier at the moment.
"I'll just keep doing what I enjoy and see what happens in the future."
Campbell is hoping to end a remarkable week with a win against Newcastle on Sunday.