It is now a distinct possibility that Matthew Lorenzo will never play football for England. Armed only with two left legs he has battled to win the gaffer’s eye for more than two decades now. In the meantime he has amused himself by setting records for achieving things early.
In 1978 he became the youngest Sports Editor in the country - at the Waltham Forest Guardian - before joining the BBC, first in local radio and then as part of the Grandstand, Sportsnight and Breakfast Time teams.
In 1989 he became the youngest and first sports presenter in space as Sky launched their satellite adventure. He joined ITV Sport in 1993, launching the station’s Champions League coverage and ending up, at 34, as the youngest ever host of a networked World Cup. England’s failure to qualify for said competition gave him brief hopes of the long-awaited call-up. It never came.
Instead the sofa at GMTV beckoned where Matthew formed a partnership with Penny Smith which led to a long affair and marriage (Penny introduced him to his future wife).
He rejoined Sky in 1998 and besides various football programmes and anchoring the breakfast programme on Sky Sports News, he hosted the station's interactive Formula One service.
He has since created his own media training company and become part-owner of a television production house. He is a popular after-dinner and conference host and presents regular shows on Talksport radio.
Having almost given up on his footballing ambition he remains ardently neutral about West Ham United.