Everton’s Ben Godfrey explains the influence of Rio Ferdinand on the career as a defender with his first eyes.


“It was ‘Killing Me Softly’ by Lauryn Hill,” said Ben Godfrey with a smile.

It’s always the big question when you talk to the newcomer for the first time.

Everton defender Ben Godfrey talks to ECHO’s Phil Kirkbride about his footballing roots, the influence of a Manchester United legend and reveals what his initiation song was

The following noon he was plunged into the heat of a Merseyside derby, but showed none of the self-doubt he had felt as he stood on a chair in the team hotel and chose Lauryn Hill as his initiation song.

“That was not nice! That is the most nerve-racking thing about joining a new club”.

“There were a few voices in there that I’m not sure I got.

Seamus Coleman’s hamstring injury combined with Jonjoe Kenny’s failure to fully recover from his ankle problem means Godfrey will start with the right back.

“It was all right. I was applauded – but I don’t know if it was out of sympathy or for a good performance,” laughs Godfrey.

The 22-year-old, who signed from Norwich City earlier this month for 20 million pounds, will receive his first Everton start later today.

Just earlier this week, Carlo Ancelotti spoke of the need to have a squad of players who can play across the field.

Signed as a central defender, Carlo Ancelotti still filled the role of central defender against Liverpool with impressive ease, but versatility has always been one of his strengths.

“Obviously, I’ve played mainly as a central defender in recent years.

“I’m here to learn and give 110 percent, whether I’m a central defender, right defender, midfielder or wherever the manager puts me.

“But I’ve been on loan as a holding midfielder and I’ve played cameos as a central defender, so I’m willing to play wherever they ask me to.

“I will try to do my best for the boys.

His father, Alex, was a professional rugby league player, while Ben combined his love of football with another passion in his hometown of York.

However, it should come as no surprise that Godfrey can adapt to different roles given his path so far.

“I enjoy boxing,” he said.

“I did it quite a bit as a child. It was a hobby of mine. Once football became more of my profession, it’s hard to plan the time to get on the cushions and do that because outside of football you recover.

He smiles as the conversation turns to a video that’s being distributed in social media, showing his skills with a pair of boxing gloves during a pad session that came up during his move to Everton.


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