Wickham frustrates Di Canio

  • Last Updated: May 15 2013, 10:31 BST

Sunderland boss Paulo Di Canio has taken a strong line with Connor Wickham, claiming he needs to "slap his face".

Connor Wickham: Sunderland striker can frustrate manager Paolo Di Canio
Connor Wickham: Sunderland striker can frustrate manager Paolo Di Canio

Connor Wickham

10. Connor Wickham

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Wickham has been named in Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 squad for the upcoming European Championships in Israel.

However, Di Canio revealed motivating the 20-year old is sometimes very difficult, despite his obvious talent.

"Maybe, with this guy, I have to slap his face a little bit," he said.

"I'm talking about motivating him in a genuine way because he has so much potential.

"But sometimes he comes in and he seems to be looking around saying, 'Where am I?' I want to say, 'You are on the football pitch, with the grass'."


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