Wes Brown took time out from his pre-season work during the North America tour to answer questions from ManUtd.com readers...
How did you spend your summer break? - Richie Kelly
I had about seven weeks off and had a good rest. I visited a few different countries – Morocco, Spain and Tenerife and I also went to Sheasy’s wedding in Dublin which was great. It’s the most time I’ve ever had off but during the last week I was just desperate to get back to Carrington and get going again.
Having not featured for England at the World Cup, do you look back on your exclusion with regret or relief given England’s disappointing performance? - Christopher Wright
Even if I’d have got picked I don’t think I would have played. We’ve got the players to do well, but we just didn’t get going and it was a very disappointing tournament for us. We played well in the qualifiers, but it didn’t happen in South Africa. We’ve just got to try and get going again when we next meet up.
What are your views on video technology (i.e. goal-line technology) in football? Do most players think it should be introduced? - Nick Kelly
I think it’s got to be brought in for the goal line. I was as disappointed as everyone else when I saw Frank’s [Lampard] effort disallowed against Germany. The ball was so far over it was incredible. It would only take a few seconds to check whether the ball had gone over. It works well in tennis and I think it would be a great addition to our game.
How important is the pre-season tour when it comes to shaping things for the season that ahead? - Oliver Edwards
It’s very important because it sets us up for the start of the campaign. It’s hard work, but coming to America is brilliant. The weather is good and we’re visiting some great cities. It’s not as hectic as some places we travel to and things are a little but more relaxed because not a lot of people recognise us out here so we’re able to go for a wander and do a bit of shopping!
Could America become a force to be reckoned with in world football? - Richard Sumner
I’ve been very impressed by them and they look like they’re getting stronger and stronger. Soccer is getting bigger all the time in the States and so many