Football mad boy, 7, to walk out with England at Wembley
A FOOTBALL-mad Bury youngster is set to walk out onto the hallowed turf of Wembley alongside his England heroes.
Seven-year-old Spencer Challinor will brush shoulders with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney at England’s crunch World Cup qualifier against Poland at Wembley.
He will travel to London on Tuesday with his father Paul and brothers Reece, aged 11, and Aidan, aged nine.
Spencer, of Lodge Side, Elton, was selected for the honour of walking out with the squad after entering a national competition run by McDonald’s to find player escorts for England matches.
He will walk out with the team and the link up with his family in the stadium straight afterwards to watch the game.
Spencer said: “I can’t wait to walk out onto the pitch with all of these amazing players. I have told all my friends at school and they’re all really jealous.” The special night at Wembley will mark a footballing hat-trick as brother Reece walked out with Bolton captain Gary Cahill in their 5-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Stoke City in 2011, and Aidan walked out alongside the Stoke team in the final when they were defeated by Manchester City. Both were proud moments for dad Paul, a keen Stoke fan. He said: “It is just fantastic, I don’t think they realise how lucky they are at the moment.”
Football certainly runs in the Challinor family blood, with Paul being a former professional footballer, playing for Bury in the 1999-2000 season.
Spencer is a talented footballer himself, playing for Walshaw Sports Club under sevens, and was scouted to join the Liverpool academy under sevens team in the summer.
Paul, who now works as an accountant. is also the manager of Spencer’s team at Walshaw, and Reece and Aidan also play for local teams.
Paul said: “It must be something in the genes. Hopefully they will be a bit better than me. I was a bruising centre back and Spencer is a fast midfielder.”
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