Former Man Utd striker Dwight Yorke says the “pinnacle” of his career was helping Trinidad and Tobago to qualify for the World Cup in 2006.
Yorke was part of the historic treble-winning side under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1999, who lifted the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in the same season.
He won two more Premier League titles in his four years at Man Utd, while he tasted League Cup glory at Aston Villa and lifted the Championship title with Sunderland later in his career.
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However, it was getting to and playing in a World Cup with Trinidad and Tobago that was the highlight of Yorke’s career.
“That was the pinnacle of my career,” Yorke told talkSPORT. “We came close back in 1990 when we should’ve qualified for the World Cup in Italy.
“We needed one point against America and we were playing at home, we lost 1-0.
“I would’ve been the youngest player ever to play in the World Cup. There was history to be made, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.
“Winning the treble, winning the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and all of the above – taking my country to the World Cup has to be the greatest achievement simply because we are probably the smallest nation ever to play in the World Cup.
“What it means to our people, what it represents for the whole of the Caribbean – having done that, for me it has to be the greatest achievement of them all.”
When asked about the treble at Man Utd, Yorke said: “That’s historical. It’s never been achieved before. What are you expected to do in your first year?
“Those moments in football that we experienced, particularly in the last ten days of that season, what we enjoyed, winning my first Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
“This was a huge thing and I’m probably one of the luckiest guys to be part of that team. But it was a hell of a team, a hell of an achievement, and to be in the history books – nobody can take that away from me, no matter what people say.
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“That will always be in the history books and you will always be part of history.”