The things that separate the good from the great, the success stories from the also-rans are often very obvious. Talent will carry you a lot of the way, hard work will make that talent count and then applying the talent and hard work whenever you’re given the opportunity will force the agenda. One of the things that really marks a winner though, is just how well they cope with the Haters. For every win, there’s a loss and for every up, there’s a down. Your success might be somebody else’s failure, which means negativity is never more than a win away, so speaking to five of England’s most exciting young football stars, we wanted to understand exactly how they use the ‘Hate’ as motivation, how they avoid negativity and what they use to drive them in their earliest stages in the game.


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