Euro dream for Edward

Edward Oakes
Edward Oakes

A NINE-year-old Prescot lad is the envy of his classmates - after he was chosen to be a mascot for England.

Edward Oakes not only walked out at Wembley with Liverpool defender Glen Johnson before the recent friendly with Belgium, he also walked out hand-in-hand with skipper Steven Gerrard as England faced France in their first Euro 2012 match.

The lucky youngster won the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly to the Ukraine for the tournament courtesy of a competition run by FA Community Partner, McDonald’s.

Edward said: “It was amazing being in a packed stadium with the England team at an International Tournament. Not many people get to walk onto the pitch at a European Championships and I can’t wait to tell all my friends about it!”

McDonald’s and The FA have been Community Partners since 2002.

Sir Geoff Hurst, McDonald’s Director of Football, said: “Walking out onto the pitch at a packed stadium during an international tournament is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The atmosphere and noise around the stadium is something Edward will never forget and I hope he enjoyed every second of his experience whilst in Donetsk.

“It was great to see England continue their good run of form from the warm up games and hopefully this will give us a strong platform to build on for the next two games in a tough Group D.”