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Thursday, 01 July 2010
Year 11 pupil James Roberts made his debut for England's
Cerebral Palsy Development Football Squad in the Home Nations'
Tournament in Dublin.
James was chosen for the squad after being put forward by his
coach at the Manchester FA Centre of Excellence, and he has been
training with the England team since May.
Unlike England's World Cup performance James' England squad won
the competition, finishing undefeated against Northern Ireland,
Republic of Ireland and Scotland, with two convincing victories and
a goalless draw. The team were clear winners in their opening game
of the tournament against Scotland with a 4-0 win and gained a well
deserved 5-1 victory in their next game against Northern
Ireland despite going 1-0 down in the first ten minutes. The final
game was against Republic of Ireland and a close fought game
resulted in a 0-0 draw. The draw ensured that England remained
unbeaten, sealing top spot in the tournament.
James said: "I was one of the youngest players in the squad and
I really enjoyed the experience. Hopefully I will make the team
again next year and in the future even make the England Paralympics
James became involved with disability football when he was
invited to the Manchester United Foundation training ground for
trials to play for the Manchester FA Centre of Excellence. After
succeeding in the trials, he was invited to The Cliff training
ground in Salford to attend weekly training and plays competitive
matches against neighbouring regions and counties.
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