A TEAM of budding Wayne Rooneys will kick-start the World Cup with a special training session at the home of English football.
The eight-year-old boys, who play for Thorpe Park Rangers, are one of 10 teams across the UK selected to join FA coaches at Wembley Stadium on Saturday after entering a competition in a national newspaper.
As well as learning new tricks and ball skills, the boys will be treated to dinner before watching England’s first World Cup tie against USA on a huge screen.
But to get to Wembley, the team need to raise around £500 for a coach. They have already secured a grant from Cross Keys Homes but still need some more.
Coach Jason Gray (36), from South Bretton, said: “When I first started coaching them two years ago, three of the boys hadn’t even played football but all of them have really come on.
“If we were in a league, I am certain we would have finished the season well.
“I can’t believe that we have won this opportunity. I don’t think we can ask for a better kick-off to the World Cup, being in England’s home ground while they play their first match will be phenomenal.
“When I have got the boys on the pitch I will make them aware that their dreams of becoming professional footballers could come true if they continue to work hard.”
Parent Debbie Howland, who entered the team into the competition, said: “The coach has been fantastic with boys and I thought they all deserved a treat.”
Her son Max, who plays for the team, said: “I’m really looking forward to Saturday, it is going to be amazing. I have never been on a big football pitch like Wembley and I am a huge England fan.
“The best bit will be the coaching by the FA coaches. I want to learn some new skills.”
Anyone who can help should call Jason on 07737 455089 or email debbiehowland@ tesco.net
COME ON ENGLAND: Thorpe Park Rangers (front to back) Ethan Landley, Sean Corleys, Adam Clark, Kane Clifton, Jack Shepperson, George Gilbert, Max Howland, Charley Corleys and Corey Gray are off to Wembley on Saturday. (METP-06-06-10DL031)