England win the World Cup on penalties!
13:00 13 June 2014
England have won the World Cup – well the Havering World Cup!
George Christou and his ‘England’ team emerged victorious against Argentina in the final of the five-a-side tournament on Sunday, and even won a penalty shoot-out to take the crown.
Sixteen teams took part in the event at PlayFootball in Romford, organised by Havering Council, and were each allocated a team that is competing at the World Cup in Brazil.
Christou had said before the tournament the one team he did not want to be was England, but they came through two group stages before a 3-2 semi-final victory over France.
That set up the final with Argentina, which was deadlocked at 3-3 after normal time. But unlike their senior England counterparts, they actually won the shoot-out.
And Christou could not hide his delight, especially after a wake-up call in their opening group stage match.
“We went on a night out on Saturday and we lost the first group game 5-2,” he said.
“We all said ‘what’s going on boys?’, but we needed that first game to get the night before out of our systems.
“From then on we were okay and despite the heat, we came out on top and won a penalty shoot-out, something England are not used to.”
Christou’s team had won two previous events put on by Havering Council, taking the the 2010 World Cup crown as ‘New Zealand’ and claiming the Champions League event as Paris St Germain last year.
This latest success ensures a memorable treble for his side but having now seen one England side win a summer tournament, can national team boss Roy Hodgson and his boys emulate Christou and his team-mates in south America this month?
England: Joe Insole, Chris Bush, James Zanneli, Joe Pearman, Craig Hall, James Barlow, James Christou, Kile Chandler.