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University of Portsmouth student selected to represent England in World Cup

First year Sports Science student, Kieran Lambourne, is raising funds for the England team to attend the World Amputee Football Federation World Cup after being selected to play as goalkeeper for the team.

The England Amputee Football Association (EAFA) will take a 13-man squad to Mexico in October to compete with 23 other nations in four different cities across the State of Jalisco.

Kieran, who was born without one of his arms below the elbow, first got involved with amputee football four years ago when his coach at a local youth team he was playing for got in touch with EAFA. A year later Peterborough United set up an amputee football team which Kieran joined and has been playing for since in the EAFA National League.

Kieran was then invited to train with the Senior England team for a session and this year was selected for the provisional Senior Squad before making the cut for the 13-man England team to go to the World Cup.

So far this year the team has played international matches against Poland and Ireland in Dublin and have just got back from Houston having played against the USA and Haiti. Later this month, they will play Italy in Milan and travel to Warsaw in Poland in September for an invitational tournament.

Kieran is now helping the team to raise funds to get to the World Cup as they are not funded by a national governing body and each player must raise their own funds to train and compete on the international stage.

The team have high hopes after being runners up in the European Championships in Turkey last year and are aiming to win the World Cup which takes place in Guadalajara in Mexico.

Kieran said “To be selected to represent my country is a huge honour and something that I and people around me are proud of. As a team, we are preparing well and have so far won every warm up game but we know there is a lot more to do before the World Cup to achieve our goal of winning it.”

If you would like to donate to help the team make it to the World Cup in Mexico, see Kieran’s GoFundMe page.

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