Cameron Streete comes from a talented family. His father Floyd Streete played as a defender for Cambridge United before having a spell playing in Holland. He later became a Wolverhampton Wanderers legend winning successive promotions and the Football League Trophy with the Midlands side. His half-brother Remie Streete grew up in the Newcastle United academy before later making 60 appearances with Port Vale in recent seasons. The youngest of the family now has his chance to make his own way in senior football.
Having been born in Aylesbury, the defender moved with his family to Dubai at the age of 7 where he trained twice a week with a football academy set up by Manchester United.
The family were then soon on move again as they headed to the Cayman Islands where Floyd set up a football academy in the small British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean Sea. Whilst there, Cameron won the CIFA Player of the Year award, presented to him by former FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb. He also was selected the Cayman Islands national development squad.
In 2010, he was on the move again, this time to his mother’s country of birth Sweden where he joined the academy of top flight side Djurgårdens IF.
After nine years with the club, where he played in the U19 and U21 Allsvenskan (youth leagues of the top flight), Streete recently signed for third-tier club Sollentuna as he aims to make his breakthrough into senior football with them this year.
I got the chance to ask the 20-year-old a few questions about his career so far and what his hopes are for this season.
English Players Abroad: How do you think your upbringing in different countries has affected your football style, do you feel you would be type of player if you had never left England?
Cameron Streete: I’m not sure how it has affected my style as a player as at a younger age, all you want to do is score and win the game. I can’t really compare it to England as I have never played regular games there.
What has your footballing education been like at Djurgårdens? Has it been a good academy to be part of?
I started at the academy when we moved to Sweden in 2010 and I have been with them until now. Yes, they have been good. I started their school program from the age of 11 and also did my gymnasium at their school – Sjölins which is a National Sports Education. When you have been with a club for that many years the team becomes an extension of your family.
What is the standard of the U21 Allsvenskan like? Do you feel it is good preparation for senior men’s football?
It’s a mix of under-19 players and the first team players so some games would be mixed and some would be a full senior team, depending on injuries etc. It’s a higher tempo and more physical and I think it’s a good bridge to prepare you for when you make the transition from junior to senior.
What made you choose to sign for Sollentuna?
It’s a good fit. I like the lads in the team and the trainers are very good. They have similar structure as Djurgården so it was easy to adjust. They currently play in Division 1 but the team is hungry and ambitious for a shot at promotion. The club is also a Stockholm team, which means I can stay in Stockholm, which is an advantage for me.
What are you expecting from this season? Do you expect to be in the Sollentuna first team and do you think you are ready for regular football in Division 1?
I have signed for the first team and I my ambition is to be part of the starting 11. I will continue to stay focused and work hard. I have high expectations for this season both of myself and the club. As far as being ready, 110% yes.
Finally, would you like to play in England one day like your brother?