Mark joins the ranks of team McGuinness
Teen to follow the international footsteps of dad
Mark McGuinness, 14, has been selected to play in two fixtures against Turkey at the St George’s Park National Football Centre on Monday and Wednesday.
The Arsenal Academy youngster certainly comes from a sporting family, but their talents are not restricted to the one sport.
His father, John, is captain of the England international bowls team and won a silver medal in the men’s fours at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Elder brother Tom, meanwhile, has taken to both sports, having played semi-pro football and also become Bucks U25 county bowls champion in both the doubles an singles.
Younger brother Sean has embraced a further sport, playing cricket for Gerrards Cross as well as local football, while mum Suzanne plays ladies cricket for Gerrards Cross.
Proud dad John said: “Mark actually had both the Republic and Northern Ireland after him to play for them as he is eligible England.
“He’s been up to St George’s before to play some trial games against some academy sides, which led to his call up, and he actually got a pep talk from Roy Hodgson.
“Mark’s hoping to get a scholarship at Arsenal next year, but he’s very level headed and knows that football’s a tough sport to get into, and many his age don’t make it.
“He takes everything in his stride though and all he wants to do is learn and play football. He has to keep up with his school work though and also does tennis coaching at Gerrards Cross Tennis Club.”
As for the father himself, John led the England bowls team to victory in the Home International Series in his first year as captain, and hopes to build on that next year.
He added: “It’s an honour captaining your country. It took me 16 to 17 years of playing for England to get there – maybe they ran out of people to give it to!”
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Arsenal Academy and England U15 footballer Mark McGuinness; (inset) dad John in