Bolton School Senior Boys

England Call Up for James

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 squad!"

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.

England Cerebral Palsy Development Football Squad

James is bottom left in this squad photo

James Roberts