Peter Schmeichel’s stark admission about Queen: ‘Taking the mickey!’

Peter Schmeichel admits 'confusion' about 'it's coming home'

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The Danish goalkeeping legend, 57, was a star of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United team in the Nineties. The ex-keeper won five Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup, and the Champions League with the Red Devils. Schmeichel, the father of Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel, now makes appearances as pundit. This week he also published his autobiography, ‘One’, in which he opens up about his family life and time at United.

As the Dane plugs his new book, he is set to appear on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch today.

The ex-footballer will chat to hosts Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy on the entertainment food show.

He will be joined by stars Alice Levine, Billy Idol, Ore Oduba and indie band, The Charlatans, who will perform.

Schmeichel’s playing career saw him move to Aston Villa for a season until 2002 before retiring from football the following year.

Before hanging up his boots, however, the keeper was recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

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The Dane was given an honorary MBE for services to football.

He was interviewed by broadcaster Juliet Ferrington for the BBC about the award and revealed his surprise when he found out he was to receive the accolade.

He said: “When I first heard about it I thought that someone was taking the mickey! I’m very, very proud.”

The keeper also spoke about what the award meant to him after his illustrious career at United.

He said: “One of my biggest dreams as a kid was to play for Manchester United and I did it.

“For me I couldn’t go any higher than that.

“But we were a team, and we all shared the glamour of our success.

“So, to be recognised by the Queen for my part in that success was just beyond belief.”

Schmeichel helped United win the treble in 1999 – the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.

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The keeper was asked in the interview with the BBC if he missed playing with the side since his move to Villa.

He replied: “I don’t actually. I’ve been asked this question quite a lot.

“Of course, I’d like to play Champions League football again, but after eight years I reached a point where I just couldn’t play at that level anymore.

“It drains you. It diminishes your life to absolutely nothing.

“Because every day you have to either wind down from a game or prepare for a game, and that’s very hard work.”

Sunday Brunch is on Channel 4 from 9:30am-12:30pm on Sunday.

One: My Autobiography is available on Amazon.
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