Charlton legends' brother Tommy, 72, in national football debut

Tommy, who looks just like the pair, has been picked for the Over 60s England walking football side.

They take on Italy this weekend in the first ever international of its kind, just months after Tommy modestly declared he thought he might not be selected.

The grandad-of-six, who plays for Rotherham’s Mature Millers walkers, wowed selectors in trials at Burnley FC’s grounds in March.

He said: “It’s a dream come true.

“I never in a million years thought that I’d follow in the footsteps of my brothers and represent England.

“I was shocked when I got the call but am delighted to be in the squad for the first ever walking football international against Italy.

“There are so many good walking footballers in this country and it will be an honour to play alongside them and against a strong Italian side.

“When I get my boots and the England strip on I’m sure it will be a great feeling.

"I just hope we can put in a good performance against Italy and impress the fans who come out to watch us at what is a brilliant football stadium.”

Tommy was just 20 when he watched his two older brothers help England beat West Germany 4-2 and win the 1966 World Cup at Wembley.

The clash has gone down in football history partially thanks to commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme's iconic declaration "They think it's all over… it is now".
Tommy had played normal football at a youngster but had to retire aged 24 because of an injury.

Before his trial in March he said it would be “Very difficult to make it into the squad” because the standard was so high.

But on Sunday he will don a Three Lions red strip for the clash at Brighton & Hove Albion’s stadium.

Until recent years walking football was a little-known form of the beautiful game but has become increasingly popular.

It is is now played in 35 countries and a World Cup and European championship will be held in England in 2019 and 2020.

WFA Chief Executive Paul Carr said: “Walking football has come along way in recent years, as has the WFA.

“These first internationals of their kind represent a great moment in the history of walking football as we look to grow the sport not just in the UK, but around the world.

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