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The Match

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Drums beating, hearts racing, sweat dripping. Eleven men with their countries hopes on their shoulders, one coach egging them on, one manager with a nervous tick and four subs desperate to get a game, all anticipating the next ninety minutes. Tips and tactics came from the coach, demanding they win the game. "This is the biggest game of your lives!" And many would agree being the World Cup Final and all, but for one player, number 5, Jamie Lloyd, there was something else worth concentrating on. He sat with his head in his hands, crucial advice washing over him, he could hear voices but he wasn't listening to a word. His head was spinning, different things whizzed around his mind, and nothing made sense to him. ...read more.


They were all so excited; nothing could bring them down from the high they were on, especially Georgie Leech. He was like a bumble bee on ecstasy! He was almost bouncing off the walls. This was only his 10th cap for England but it was clear he was the new star and at every chance he had, he shone. He jumped around from player to player either leaping on their backs and shaking their heads, or grabbing them so tightly they couldn't breathe. He wasn't very experienced and it showed in the changing room but once he was out on the field he was a different man; calm, collected, ready for the challenge ahead, ready to score some goals! He was causing most of the noise, but nobody minded, it was understandable for such a young lad and for such a big game. ...read more.


After the almost-minute silence, the coach started them up again and him and the unusually quiet manager, David Parks, lead the team out to the tunnel. There they waited, side by side with opposing team, Brazil. There was no small talk between them, which was to be expected. Parks had recovered Jamie from the toilets on the way down to the tunnel and had a quiet pep-talk with him to calm him down and get his head together. Whatever he said had done the trick. He was psyched up and ready for action just like the others. He put on his captains armband and made his way to the front of the line of strapping English men. A few of his fellow team mates patted him on the back, a manly way of saying, "You'll be OK". No more time to think, no turning back, this was it, out they ran to face the fans. ...read more.

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