Former Derby Country forward Paulo Wanchope believes playing for the club was a critical step in his career.

Speaking to TMW, the Costa Rican was asked which country he preferred to play in after seven years in England, and periods playing football around the globe.

Wanchope said he’s played all around the world, but his time with Derby County, West Ham, and also Manchester City helped him develop as a player. The former Costa Rica international revealed he enjoyed his time in the country because of what he achieved.

“I’ve travelled a lot, it’s true, but the years in England marked a critical step in my career. From Derby County, West Ham, then moving to Manchester City, I grew up a lot and I took satisfaction with goals, trophies and promotions,” said the former Derby Country player.

Wanchope made his name at Derby Country after he signed for the club in 1997, and he would go on to impress in his two seasons with the club. The player became something of a cult hero with the Derby County fans, and his goal against Manchester United has been voted the club’s best of all time.

After Derby County, the 40-year-old went on to have one season with West Ham before his move to Manchester City in 2000. Wanchope also recently had a brief spell as the Costa Rica manager.