England U21s pair visit local school before Euro play-off

Wednesday 08 Oct 2014
Ben Gibson and Eric Dier visited St. John's Primary School in Essington
England Under-21s pair Ben Gibson and Eric Dier took time out of their preparation for Friday’s Euro play-off at Molineux to meet some local schoolchildren.

The defensive duo visited St. John’s CE Primary School in Essington, just outside Wolverhampton, on Wednesday afternoon to take part in an extra-curricular coaching session for boys and girls aged 7-11.

England U21s v Croatia U21s

UEFA Euro U21s Championship
Play-off first leg
5.45pm, Friday 10 October 2014
Molineux, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Live on BT Sport
Call 0871 222 1877 for tickets


Hosted by coaching staff from the Wolves Community Trust, Gibson and Dier started out by answering questions from the pupils on a range of topics.

And the youngsters then had a chance to show off some of their skills, with dribbling and passing exercises put on by the coaches and with the Three Lions pair on hand to offer their advice.

"It’s been good to meet some of the kids from the local area," said Middlesbrough ace Gibson.

"It’s been nice to get involved and we’ve enjoyed the day.

"It’s a real dream for me to be away with England and I’ve spoken to a few of the kids here and they’ve all said the same, it’s their dream to play for England.

"That’s how it starts out, as a dream, and I once got involved this way and luckily enough, I’m somehow still here!"

Tottenham Hotspur’s Dier, who grew up in Portugal before starting his career with Sporting Lisbon, added: "At this age, kids are easily pleased as we’ve seen here and kids quickly find things in common, such as football.

"It’s been nice to come out and see some of the local youngsters and hopefully we will see a few of them at the game on Friday now."

And tickets for Friday’s game with Croatia at Molineux are just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. You can still purchase your ticket for the game by calling 0871 2221877 or by clicking here.

England Under-21s pair Eric Dier and Ben Gibson head to a local school ahead of Croatia game


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