Jacob Gardiner-Smith: The Englishman who plays for Zenit

Yes, you did read the headline right. There really is an English footballer who plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg. His name is Jacob Gardiner-Smith, he was born in Cambridge and it turns out life in Russia really is actually quite good. "Russia is beautiful," says the 20-year-old. "There are a lot of misconceptions about the …

Bradley Fangas: The tough tackling Londoner playing down under

From my time writing this blog I have come to understand that some footballers will travel anywhere to follow their dream but there aren't many places further from home than Australia and that's exactly where Bradley Fangas has ended up. "It all happened so quick, if I'm honest," says the 20-year-old. "I was just starting …

Will Seymore: It’s a huge privilege to play in front of the best fan base in the States

There may be a lot of differences between Cambridge and Cincinnati but for Will Seymore, he could happily live in either city. The 26-year-old midfielder grew up in the England after being born in Colorado and still visits the birth country of his mother every year but his professional career to date has been strictly …

Charlie Machell: “I would 100% recommend playing abroad”

Charlie Machell is reflecting on his first season of senior football. Although his side Thisted still have three games remaining this season, they have achieved their goal of survival already having been promoted last year and there is a lot for the Newcastle-born midfielder to look back on. "The first half of the season was …

Michael Ledger: English fans want to see the ball go forward as quick as possible

Michael Ledger got his first taste of Norwegian football last year and didn't want to leave when Sunderland recalled him from his loan. Now he's back in Scandinavia and ready to pick up where he left off. "I was very keen to return to Norway if the right opportunity came about," says the 20-year-old defender. …

Inside life at Graham Potter’s Östersunds FK with goalkeeper Andrew Mills

Last year, Andrew Mills was combining a full time job with playing football. Since then, he's been to Galatasaray's Türk Telekom Stadı, Athletic Bilbao's San Mamés and Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. It's fair to say a lot has changed for the English goalkeeper. "It's been a crazy experience," says the 23-year-old who now plays for Swedish club Östersunds …

Gary Noel: The Englishman who conquered Austria and become a Mauritius international

It's not every time you set out to interview someone that you find out they have played international football against Emmanuel Adebayor but that is exactly what happened when English Players Abroad spoke to VFB Lübeck striker Gary Noel. "I think the best was Adebayor. We played against Togo last year and his presence on the …