England’s record goal-scorer and most-capped outfield player Wayne Rooney has been named as an honorary ambassador for this summer’s UEFA U17 European Championship.

The Three Lions’ legend will be in attendance at St. George’s Park on Thursday 5 April where he will conduct the final draw alongside John Delaney, Chairman of the UEFA Youth & Amateur Football Committee.

The 2018 edition of the tournament, running from 4-20 May, is being held in England for the first time.

Wayne is no stranger to U17 Euro having burst on to the international stage as the tournament’s inaugural Golden Player during the Young Lions’ third-place finish in 2002 in Denmark.

The Everton striker said: “I am extremely proud to become a UEFA tournament ambassador for U17 Euro.  I was honoured to be asked to conduct the final draw at St. George’s Park and support the tournament.

“It is the first opportunity for the continent’s young players to showcase their talents competitively on the international stage.  I have fond memories of playing in Denmark all those years ago, so I know it’s a fantastic chance for any young player to represent their country and compete against the best in Europe.”

St. George’s Park, Chesterfield, Burton Albion, Walsall, Rotherham United and Loughborough University will be host venues for the tournament and Rooney is wishing the young Lions all the best.

He said: “I never had the opportunity to compete in a home tournament for my country, so this could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these lads.  Hopefully they can continue the recent success of England’s development teams.”

Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba and Mario Gotze are just some of the other stars to have graced previous editions of U17 Euro. With tickets starting from just £2 for children and £4 for adults, fans of all ages can watch Europe’s future stars on their doorstep at affordable prices.

See the stars of tomorrow in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, 4-20 May 2018. Visit www.TheFA.com/U17Euro for tickets and further information.


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