Croxley Green goalkeeper walked onto Wembley pitch with England World Cup team (From Watford Observer)
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Croxley Green goalkeeper walked onto Wembley pitch with England World Cup team
A Croxley Green pupil walked onto the pitch at Wembley Stadium as a mascot ahead of England’s match against Peru.
Matthew Stray, who attends Harvey Road Primary School, walked onto the hallowed turf on Friday with Adam Lallana in the team’s last home match before they head off to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The 10-year-old, who won the chance to be a player escort, said: "It was amazing to be at Wembley and meet the players.
"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."
Matthew plays as goalkeeper at Chorleywood Youth Football Club.
Matthew’s mother, grandfather and uncle were in the stands, cheering the youngster on.
His mother, Gillian, said: "The whole experience was overwhelming. It’s not the sort of thing you expect to happen to you. I was so proud of Matthew. He was out there (on the pitch) for the national anthem and then about 15 minutes into the match he joined us."
England won 3-0 thanks to goals by Daniel Sturridge, Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill.
Matthew won the chance to be a player escort by winning a competition on the McDonald’s KickStart website.
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