World Cup Call Up

Two Huntingdon teenagers could be living a footballing dream this September after being selected to be part of the England Homeless World Cup squad in South Africa. Tony Peacock, 18, and Adam Banda, 19, from the Salvation Army homeless hostel in Riptons C

Two Huntingdon teenagers could be living a footballing dream this September after being selected to be part of the England Homeless World Cup squad in South Africa.

Tony Peacock, 18, and Adam Banda, 19, from the Salvation Army homeless hostel in Riptons Court have been selected with 12 other teenagers to be part of the squad.

However, only eight will make it on the plane to Cape Town and four will remain in England as reserves.

The Hunts Post has followed the boys' progress from the first trials on March 15 with hundreds of footballers, to the last trials on April 25 when 21 hopefuls were reduced down to just 12.


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Tony, who is in his second year of a sports course at Huntingdon Regional College, said: "We were surprised that both of us got through, now the pressure is really on to impress the coaches and make sure we get to go to Cape Town.

"It would be a dream come true if we got to play in Africa against players from all over the world.

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"We do not know who the four reserve players will be yet as the trainers will be making that decision between now and September at the training sessions. If anyone doesn't turn up to a training session or if anyone doesn't give 100 per cent they will become part of the reserve squad."

The next training session will take place on May 17.

If the pair go to Cape Town they will play against 34 other teams of homeless football squads from all over the world in the tournament from September 23-30.

INFORMATION: To find out more visit: www.streetsoccer.org

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