St. George's Day surprise for youngsters at Wembley

Thursday 23 Apr 2015
Hodgson and Cahill surprised pupils from two schools at Wembley
Roy Hodgson and Gary Cahill surprised a group of schoolchildren at Wembley Stadium - as The FA marked St. George’s Day at one of three special ‘Together For England’ events.

Pupils from Oakington Manor school in Brent and their partner school from Suffolk were busily working on St. George’s Day-themed posters in the Learning Zone at Wembley Stadium when the Three Lions boss and vice-captain turned up.

Roy Hodgson and Gary Cahill at the Bobby Moore Statue on St George

The pupils have their photo taken at the Bobby Moore statue at Wembley with Hodgson and Cahill

And after signing autographs and posing for photographs with the youngsters, both Hodgson and Chelsea star Cahill were on hand to pick their favourite posters before sitting down for a Q&A session with the youngsters.

Hodgson picked out a poster featuring the slogan ‘Teamwork makes the dream work’ saying: "I was very impressed with the words, thoughts and drawing.

"It was hard to pick one out among all of the posters, but the meaning is important."

Cahill’s choice revolved around a St. George’s flag, featuring the words ‘Pride and Joy’ as its lead.

"This one stood out to me, as pride and joy are the feelings I get when playing for England," said the 29-year-old, who arrived at Wembley after training with the Blues earlier in the day.

The star-struck youngsters then had their chance to quiz the pair, with Hodgson asked about his current job and his previous roles in the game before being hit with the hard-hitting ‘have you ever had a go at your team?’ poser.

Meanwhile, Cahill picked out the 2012 Champions League Final against Bayern Munich as his hardest and most favourite game before speaking of his plans after football.

Roy Hodgson with school kids on St George

The England manager speaks to pupils in the Wembley Stadium Learning Zone

"At this moment in time, I’d say no to being a manager," he revealed.

"I’d like to maybe coach youngsters, so I can pass on my experience to youngsters."

The Together For England Roadshows are taking place to inspire the next generation of England footballers and fans, while reminding supporters that the best way to back the Three Lions is by signing up to the England Supporters Club for free via

On Thursday 23 April, events are also taking place at St George’s Park and St. George’s Village in Somerset, featuring England star past and present. 

See how the England manager and vice-captain shocked youngsters at Wembley


By Nicholas Veevers