Wiganer leading Walking Football championship hope

Wigan's Mark Glover will be hoping he's walking on sunshine this month as he aims to fire England to glory - in the International Walking Football World Championships in Italy!
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The 51-year-old is flying for the flag for the region, being the only player from Greater Manchester included in the squad.

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And Glover, who plays for Winstanley Walkers, is desperate to make his mark on the big stage.

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"I recently represented England in an Over 50s walking football tournament in Sweden, which we won," he said.

"More than 250 players had trials last year, and I was picked into a squad of 16.

"I was capped for the first time, scored a goal and captained us in a match too.

"I am the only player from Greater Manchester in the squad for Italy, and I'm proud to fly the flag for Wigan."

England's 18-man squad are in Florence for the competition, which sees them taking on hosts Italy, Sweden, France, Australia and Indonesia.