Artur Pikk: A Footballer In The Day, A Soldier At Night

There was no champagne celebration in the nightclubs of Tallinn for Estonian defender Artur Pikk on Sunday night, despite the fact he was making his first start for his country.

The 21-year-old left back, who had to stop Jordan Henderson and Calum Chambers in Estonia’s 0-1 loss to England, had no time to contemplate a fine performance in which his team almost took a point off England as he is currently on national service and was due back in barracks at midnight.

artur battles the ball with England captain, Rooney
Credit: Daily Mail.
The Estonian army impose a strict curfew with no exceptions so Pikk had to head off immediately after the game to ensure he made it in time to his Tallinn army base.

Pikk had only played five minutes for his country as a substitute before last night but was chosen by Estonian manager Magnis Pehrsson, and fits in national service around playing for his club team, FC Levadia Tallinn.

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