Bailey Fleming shows England’s World Cup hopefuls how to win on penalties in Brazil!
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England’s World Cup chances might be looking slim after the recent draw – yet an Essex-based student has proven that an England football team can go to Brazil and win a tournament.
Bailey Fleming, 17, has just got back from representing the England under-20 Cerebral Palsy football team in a tournament held in Sao Paulo.
Easton and Otley College student Bailey from Faulkbourne in Essex – played five games for his country on a recent tour to the South American footballing hotbed.
He played as a left-back and left-wing in a seven-a-side tournament against sides that were representing different regions of Brazil – in sweltering temperatures that hit as high as 35 degrees.
England won all their games – including a semi-final match on penalties – securing a 2-0 victory in the final game of the tournament against a team from Rio.
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Bailey, who is studying for a sports qualification said, “It was a mind-blowing experience and winning the tournament was the obvious highlight.
“We literally took one day at a time and by the end of the final match (Bailey played two games in one day) I was exhausted but delighted.”
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Bailey was one of 12 people in the squad and he played in games that lasted an hour. Some games had an additional 20 minutes of extra-time if the scores were level at full time.
Fleming hopes to go to San Diego, in the USA, next year as part of the England squad, if chosen after a trial that will be held at St Georges Park.
Lynsey Wilson from the sports department at Easton and Otley College, said: “We are thrilled for Bailey and proud of his achievements.
“Anyone who plays for their country deserves great recognition.
“The fact that he played in a team that won on penalties and then went on to be victorious in the final of a tournament in Brazil, should give fans of the England national football team some hope that anything is possible.”
England’s senior team have been handed a tough draw in this year’s World Cup, which will be held in Brazil, and will face 2006 winners Italy, Luis Suarez’s Uruguay and Costa Rica.