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Coventry youngster leads England team out ahead of World Cup

Coventry Editorial 4th Jun, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

FOOTY mad youngster Jake Flowers is still pinching himself after leading the England side out at Wembley for their last match on home soil ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.

The eight-year-old walked onto the hallowed turf on Friday evening with goalkeeper Joe Hart before England cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Peru thanks to goals from former Sky Blues youth star Daniel Sturridge Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill.

“It was amazing to be at Wembley and meet the players.” said Jake, who also got to watch the players train on his first ever trip to Wembley.

“The noise when we walked out on to the pitch was incredible. It was great to see England win before they go to the World Cup. I can’t wait for it to start!”

The Manor Park pupil was selected as a mascot after his mother, Christine, entered an online competition on the McDonald’s KickStart website.

He met Manchester City goalkeeper Hart in the dugout and the pair shared a few words before taking to the pitch for the national anthems.

Jake then met back up with his family to watch the game and was allowed to keep hold of the new England replica kit.

Sir Geoff Hurst, McDonald’s director of football, added: “I’m sure that Jake and the other McDonald’s Player Escorts loved their day at Wembley.

“England are going to the tournament full of confidence, and I think with our young, exciting team, we can make a good impression.”

Jake (second from the right) prepares to sing the national anthem in front of England stars Steven Gerrard, Joe Hart and Glen Johnson. (s) Photo courtesy of The FA via Getty Images

Jake (second from the left) meets England goalkeeper Joe Hart. (s) Photo courtesy of The FA via Getty Images

All the England mascots pictured before Friday’s match against Peru at Wembley. (s) Photo courtesy of The FA via Getty Images


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