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Football mad Jack gets Wembley date with Brazil-bound England

Coventry Editorial 28th May, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE eyes of the nation will be on the likes of Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Joe Hart on Friday when England take on Peru for their final warm up game on home soil before the World Cup in Brazil.

But sharing the limelight will be footy mad youngster Jake Flowers from Cheylesmore.

The eight-year-old has been selected as a McDonalds mascot and will walk out onto the hallowed Wembley turf alongside his idols who are set to represent England at the tournament that kicks of on June 12.

Jake, who goes to Manor Park School, told us: “I can’t wait to get to Wembley and meet the players.

“I was jumping around the living room with my mum when I found out.

“It will be the first time I have been to Wembley and I’m really looking forward to it, it is a dream come true.”

Jake has also been invited to watch the team train ahead of Friday’s game and has been given the new full England kit as well as a goody bag from the FA.

His family will be heading down to the capital to enjoy his first match there.

Mum Christine said she was pleased to have entered the competition.

She said: “I saw the competition and just thought it would be worth entering.

“I didn’t think anything of it really until I received the email and when I told Jake the news he was literally jumping for joy around the living room.

“He’s going to be loving every minute.”

McDonald’s and The FA have been Community Partners since 2002 and have worked together to help young footballers shine by creating more opportunities for them to get involved in the game.

Earlier this month Sky Blues fan Ellie Hobbs, eight, was a mascot during the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull City.

England play Italy in their first Group D game on June 14 before taking on Uruguay on June 19 and Costa Rica on June 24. If they progress their second round game will be on either June 28 and the following day.

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