Ian Wright – fresh from such a positive reaction to a film with his son Shaun Wright-Phillips and grandson D’Margio – admits that he might tease the latest of his family bidding to make it as a footballer.
But he can see the work that D’Margio is putting in as he tries to make a breakthrough at Stoke City and he wants him to dream big about playing in the Premier League and for England.
Wright-Phillips Jr, aged 20, joined Stoke from Manchester City in January and has already trained with Michael O’Neill ‘s first team as he catches the eye with the under-23s.
But it is what he does when almost no one is watching that Wright knows is important.
Arsenal legend Wright said: “The pressure with myself, Shaun and uncle Bradley now that he’s signed a professional contract, we try not to talk about it.
“Of course we tease. ‘If you don’t win a Premier League winner’s medal you can always have grandad’s… If I’m not about, you can go and get your dad’s.’
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“We joke but I would love nothing more than for him to be in a Premier League-winning team and for him to have a Premier League winner’s medal as well. All three of us!
“I had a few minutes with him and said that’s got to be the dream: to get to the first team, get to the Premier League, play for England, get to the Euros, get to the World Cup. Those things continually drive you to be the best.
“That’s what it’s got to be. You came out of an unbelievable academy with Manchester City, took it upon yourself that you needed to get out somewhere you could play, you could stay somewhere and be comfortable…
“The main thing is and what I would say to any player at that age is you have to recognise the work you have to put in. That’s all we talk about, the work and preparation.”
Wright, aged 57, won the Premier League with Arsenal in 1998 and won 33 caps for England.
Wright-Phillips Sr, aged 39, won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2006 and picked up 36 caps for England.
Wright-Phillips Jr might be quiet as he walks the same path but he is confident.
“He’s not flash, he’s not arrogant. Shaun was the same. But he knew what he could do and what he’s capable of doing,” said Wright in the new episode of the Wrighty’s House podcast.
“D’Margio works very hard. He knows if he continues to work hard and stays injury free god willing, he can have a good career and it can go wherever he wants to go.
“I’ve always made sure even when he’s young, to be confident in yourself and what you’re doing if you’re putting the work in.
“Don’t start coming out and telling me about working hard in training when you’re not, the work that people don’t see.
“There was a really nice moment just before we did a question and answer session the other day as well. I had him for five minutes on my own and I was just explaining to him that exact thing about confidence and arrogance.
“He’s not arrogant but if people hear him speak – he won’t speak for long, he’ll say what he’s got to say and then shut off – he is saying that because he’s putting the work in.”
The short film focused on the three generations of the same family, funded by Barclays as part of Black History Month.
Wright and Wright-Philips Sr watched D’Margio train at Clayton Wood before chatting over a hot chocolate at Trentham Gardens.
It has been watched almost 300,000 times on Wright’s YouTube channel alone over the last few days as well as being uploaded on social media.
Wright said: “It’s very tough to get time with my son and even harder to get any with my grandson – and just to get him to speak. ‘Yeah, I’m doing great grandad… Yeah, I’m training really hard…’
“But he’s so funny.
“I don’t do much for Black History Month. You do things for people that support you continually through the year, the brands that support you, and Barclays, I’ve been with Barclays for more than 10 years. Barclays don’t leave you hanging.
“When they asked us to do something I did it with my own production company and they gave us carte blanche. You want to do something like this, something which is very precious to us, something you won’t see very often – three generations of professional footballers – and for it to come over as real as it is.
“I’m how I am, Shaun’s how he is and D’Margio’s how he is and to get to be with each other in that kind of capacity and talk about football in different generations. I wanted people to see that.
“We’ve got unbelievable feedback from it. I’d just seen it as an opportunity to spend some time with them!”
Stoke under-23s are next in action at home against Nottingham Forest on Monday (7pm).