Mathew Wade set to represent England Schoolboys
South Shields Academy youngster Mathew Wade is set for one of the proudest moments of his young life this weekend when he represents his country.
The defender is part of the English Schoolboys squad for their game against Australia Schoolboys on Saturday.
The friendly match is taking place at the home of Stafford Town FC and will kick-off at 2.15pm.
The 17-year-old made his senior debut for Shields in the Durham Challenge Cup win at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion in October and was one of the Academy’s shining lights during the run to the third round of the FA Youth Cup.
His reward is the opportunity to represent the Three Lions and after being named in the squad late last year, he told of his pride.
He said: “Being called up by England Schoolboys is a great feeling for me and my family.
“I’ve had to work so hard and I’m finally getting some recognition for what I’m doing.
“To represent your country is a massive honour and it’s something I’ll remember forever.”
Mathew successfully made it through three trial rounds to earn selection in the national squad.
His success is a prime example of what can be achieved through resilience and hard work, according to South Shields Academy and Recruitment Manager Wess Brown.
He said: “It’s a fantastic achievement from Mathew.
“He has had his setbacks through injury and it shows what can happen if you bounce back and show a bit of resilience and a willingness to work hard.
“He has worked fantastically hard to get to where he is and everyone at the club is really pleased for him.
“Matty had a bad knee injury last season, came back and was injured again to the same knee.
“He worked fantastically hard in the gym to get himself into a real good physical shape, and not once did we think he would let it get him down.
“He has progressed fantastically well since coming back.”
The full match will be streamed live via the ESFA’s YouTube channel, ESFA TV.
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