A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy of Polish heritage has been given the honour of being a flag bearer in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on Friday as England face a crucial World Cup qualifying match.
Igor Lorek, of Vancouver Drive, Winshill, will be one of the lucky youngsters flying the flag as England’s football team take on Moldova.
The Winshill Primary School pupil was selected for the job after being put forward in a partnership project between the FA in Burton and East Staffordshire Rights and Equality Council (ESREC).
Igor’s delighted father Jacek Lorek told the Mail he was ‘proud’ that his son was being given the opportunity and all the family were very excited.
He said: “We are very happy that my son is going down to Wembley and being a flag bearer.
“He is very excited – he can’t sleep now as is just waiting for Friday. He is very, very proud.
“It will be our first time at Wembley so I am very excited as well as it is the Mecca of football.”
Igor’s flag bearing duties will also see him have the chance to mix with some of his footballing idols.
“We are big football fans,” Mr Lorek said. “We are Arsenal fans and try and watch as many games as we can.
“Therefore Igor really wants to meet Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs. But I have told him that there also greats like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to see as well.”
Chief executive of South Derbyshire District Council and FA director Frank McArdle gave ESREC the chance to nominate a youngster for the prestigious role
The chairman of ESREC Julian Mott added: “We at ESREC are very pleased to have been involved in our endeavour to raise the profile of our national game of football among the migrant communities.
“It is an excellent way of engaging young people with football and we are thankful to Frank McArdle for his support and guidance.”