With his gammy knees, so scarred and unsightly - he opted out of wearing a kilt at the opening of France 98 - he was in discomfort as he hirpled up a set of steps in Zagreb's Maksimir Stadium four nights ago.
Autobiography used to be the preserve of hammy actors, gammy lieutenant commanders and superannuated hangers-on to the Bloomsbury Group.
With his dark suit, greasy hair and gammy leg, he is an outsider who has to survive in a selfish, immoral society.
White Wells is an historic spa pool on Ilkley Moor where, it is rumoured, a shepherd once had his gammy leg cured by the pure mooorland stream.
The next day I was faced with two unappealing options: either go caving with a gammy knee, or tell Catherine her second caving trip (and first trip in her new gear) was off.
Her gammy hip hadn't been a real problem on this holiday.
It's like one of those animals that pretends to be a tiny cute blind lamb with a gammy leg in order to sneak up on other lambs, then reveals itself to be a ten-foot-tall murderous roaring monster in sheep's clothing.
I dragged my gammy foot behind me down to where she was standing and stopped inches away from her.
It is an action shot on match days, pacing the sideline, up and down, like one of those tram-lined pitchside cameras so beloved of Sky Sports, the gammy knees of his playing days no hindrance to his ceaseless movement.
The captain has the respect of his players and he found the first half of the season hugely enjoyable but his gammy knee has put a bit of a dampener on things.