SCHOOLBOYS who aced a football tournament to become the best team in the South will take their talents to Wembley.

The Under-11s at St Philip and St James’ CE Primary School in Jericho shared training with Oxford United players at the team's grounds yesterday, ahead of their big stadium match tomorrow.

They will represent Oxford City in the final of the U11 National League Cup, having already won the southern leg of the tournament.

Oxford United manager Karl Robinson, who joined the boys for the training session yesterday, said: “I told them ‘some of the greatest players in the world never get the chance to play at Wembley and you’ll do it at 11.

“They were amazing children in the way they spoke and conducted themselves.

“The whole of Oxfordshire is behind them.”


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The team will compete against winners of the northern title, from Solihull Moors in the West Midlands.

They will represent Oxford City FC, which hosts the competition in the National League Tournament.

They took the South of England crown in March after winning 1-0 against previously undefeated opponents from Bromley.

PE teacher Ben Sadler said of the game: “Our boys played superbly, worked hard and were rewarded when a loose pass from Bromley was intercepted by one of the boys, converting it to goal.

“The boys were a credit to the school, with a number of neutral spectators commenting on their sportsmanship and style of play.

“We take great pride in the way the boys conducted themselves; showing great resilience and teamwork and sportsmanship.”

Their achievement earned them a spot in tomorrow’s final, and they had already won two other tournaments.

A school newsletter sent to parents described their victory as an ‘unbelievable achievement,’ adding: “To win three separate tournaments and to finish as the best school football team in the South of England is something that the players can all be proud of.”


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Pavana Pillai, whose son Akul is among those on the team, said: "The boys are over the moon.

"They said on the way back [from training], 'this is the best day of our lives.'

"The other kids at the school are super proud and they all have something to look up to - it's amazing.

"The boys have really good friendships with each other, that's the biggest thing.

"Whatever happens at Wembley, it will be the experience of a lifetime for them, and no-one can take that away."

Their match at the country’s most famous stadium comes as football fever grips the nation.

A win from Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night secured them a place in the Champions League final against Liverpool – the first time in 11 years two English teams have made the final.