Aaron Cresswell explains the surprise position he played when signing for Liverpool

Aaron Cresswell

The West Ham full-back was a little different when he started out.

West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell says he was a striker when he signed for Liverpool as a youngster, according to the club's official website.

The Reds eventually released the full-back, who went on to make a name for himself at Ipswich Town before securing a move to West Ham.

With the east London club, Cresswell has thrived in the Premier League on the left side of the back four.

But Cresswell told the West Ham site: "I was actually a centre-forward and I used to bang goals in for fun! I was about ten at the time but when I signed for Liverpool they literally converted me to left-back and I never changed."

Perhaps Cresswell's attacking instincts have helped him become such a good forward-thinking full-back.

The Hammers left-back is always getting forward and contributing in attack - aiding a run of form many West Ham fans have felt warrants a place in the England squad.

It hasn't been forthcoming, however, with Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne even brought on at left-back against the Netherlands.

But Danny Rose's similar attacking ability was evened out by some sloppy defending for the Three Lions... could that give Cresswell a little hope?

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