Owen Coyle and his team head to Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday (29th September) as they prepare to take on the rest of the world in the World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) World Cup.
Amputee football's most prestigious international competition will take place from September 30 to October 9. 24 countries and 360 players will all battle it out for one piece of silverware.
Coyle has reiterated that no pressure should be felt heading into the competition and to just savour the moment. Speaking to the official EAFA website, he said: “The progress we have made over the last nine months has been nothing short of remarkable, taking a young inexperienced group who have transitioned into a mature prepared international team.”
“We are excited by these final steps on this year’s journey, we have nothing left to prove,” said Coyle. “We have already accomplished what we set out to achieve. It’s now our time to enjoy letting this final chapter take shape.”
He added: “We are as ready as we will ever be to take on the rest of the world.”
England head into the competition as the youngest side, with eight of the 14-man squad below the age of 25. For many, this will be their first taste of World Cup football.
Seven months of preparation, 15 training camps and 13 international head-to-heads later; the work is done. It’s now time for EAFA to shed some light on disability sports to the world.