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Striker says soccer no longer as 'manly'

Press Association logoPress Association 11/03/2017 Tom Allnutt

Millwall striker Steve Morison has claimed elite soccer clubs are no longer producing "manly" players ahead of Sunday's (Monday AEDT) FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham.

The Lions sit sixth in England's League One and 47 places below their Premier League opponents but they come into this weekend's tie in excellent form.

They are unbeaten in 17 matches and have conceded only one goal in 10, with Leicester, Bournemouth and Watford already falling victim to Neil Harris's side in previous rounds.

Millwall's success has made light of the gap between top teams and those in the lower divisions but Morison insists the difference, in terms of skill at least, remains considerable.

"It's massive. Teams at the top are there for a reason, they've got the best players," Morison said.

"But for me football is changing. It's going a different route. It's not as manly as it used to be.

"We're not producing players ... are we producing football players? I think we're producing technically good football players but I don't think we're producing men anymore."

Morison added: "We're now going to get a taste of what it's like playing at the top, playing on a beautiful pitch against beautifully talented players - as strong as you, quicker than you.

"So we've got to try to turn it into the kind of game we want to play in.

"We're not under any illusions of how hard it's going to be but I'm definitely not going there to collect autographs or be nice to them," Morison said.

"I'm not really an emotional person like that. I don't get excited, I'm not going to go there on Saturday and be like, 'oh wow, look who it is!'

"It's another human being in my eyes and that's how I've always been. I'm not really massively bothered."

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