‘The world is changing’ – England’s deaf team aims for ‘dream’ World Cup glory

England’s Deaf Men’s team began their World Championship campaign in Malaysia on Saturday afternoon, with Mirror Football granted exclusive access to the team ahead of their opening group match against Australia

Sam Manucelli is already included in the squad for the World Championships in Malaysia(Getty Images)

For many, wearing the Three Lions and representing England in a major tournament is a dream come true.

That dream will become a reality as a 20-strong team heads to Malaysia to open the World Deaf Football Championship. After an intensive period of preparation at St George’s Park, Sam Manucelli’s side are primed for glory.

The English side have enjoyed unprecedented success in recent years. The Three Lions reached the finals and semi-finals of major competitions under Gareth Southgate, but the Lionesses won the Euros and narrowly missed out on this summer’s World Cup final.

Success doesn’t end there. In the past seven years, England have also lifted the under-21s, the under-19s Euros and the under-17s World Cup. Para-Lions are hoping to join that illustrious list.

England will face Australia in their opening group game(Getty Images)

Striker Cavell Donaldson has no illusions about what his team’s task is in Kuala Lumpur. spoke exclusively to Mirror Football, he said. I think we have the team, so we just need to get there now and perform. We’re all fit and have been training for the past two years, so we’re ready. ”

That’s a sentiment echoed by veteran forward Matt McQueenney, who is set to make his world championship debut at the age of 34. he said:[I want to] I want to go out there and have a great tournament and show the world my soccer skills. Go out there and beat up some players.

“After the game, some people might think, ‘Oh, that’s Matthew McQueen.’ It’s about giving everything and winning the competition for the team’s ambitions. We won the CP. [cerebral palsy] It’s huge for the team and for us to go the extra mile. If we don’t win, we’re the only ones who let us down.”

Matt McQueenney aims to make world championship debut(Getty Images)
Cavell Donaldson dreams of winning Malaysia’s Golden Boot(Getty Images)

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