The England team, which is led by The Big Issue in the North Trust and supported by the Manchester United Foundation, Homeless Link and the England Homeless Football Network, have been selected from hundreds of young men, through a series of trials which have taken place across the country.
Reds’ Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken in support of the team, ahead of their challenge:
“The England Homeless World Cup Team have been working with our Community Coaches in the run up to the tournament so I know they will be well prepared for the task ahead. I’ve heard they’ve been training hard.
“The players have done well to make the team, being selected from hundreds of people and it’s a fantastic opportunity for them. I wish them the best of luck.
“If Scotland don’t win then I hope the England team will bring the trophy home.”
England’s Manager Simon Kweeday from The Big Issue in the North said:
“We’re really excited to be taking part in the Homeless World Cup in Paris. Each year the players benefit greatly, whether it’s boosting confidence, gaining training and employment or even getting signed to football clubs.
“The people who have been selected for the team this year have already achieved a huge amount and we’re looking forward to competing against teams from across the world, giving the players an experience that they will never forget.“
Keep up-to-date with how the England Homeless World Cup Team is doing at www.facebook.com/HomelessWorldCupEngland.
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