A FOOTBALL-crazy youngster who trains with Burton Albion flew the flag for the area at the England versus Poland qualifier on Tuesday night.
Larell King, who recently signed with the Brewers’ under 12 section, proudly walked out on the pitch at Wembley with the England squad ahead of their 2-0 victory, which has put them on the path to the World Cup in Brazil.
The 11-year-old was one of the youngsters selected as a flag bearer for the crucial match, after he was put forward by the East Staffordshire Racial and Equality Council (ESREC), and FA director Frank McArdle because of his sporting successes.
His mum Stacey Parker said: “It’s such an exciting experience for him. He’s a big England fan and he likes all the players.”
Larell, who was selected for the job because of his mixed heritage, has been hooked on the beautiful game since he was just five years old, when a friend’s dad asked him to join a football team.
As the years went on, he developed such skills that he was spotted by a scout from Burton Albion. He started playing with the under 12s and has now signed with them.
The defender, from Littleover, is now hoping for a career in football – maybe making it to Wembley himself one day.
“Burton Albion is a great opportunity for him. He loves learning the new skills and playing the games.
“He does want to do it as a job. I support him all the way,” Miss Parker said.
Larell is one of several young people from the area to be nominated as flag bearers. The lucky youngsters get the chance to meet the players and see them in training before taking up their role.
ESREC director Amir Kabal said: “We are always looking to provide opportunities to young people from various backgrounds.”