A HUDDERSFIELD man has been named Goalkeeper of the Tournament at this year's Homeless World Cup for his brilliant performance in the England number one shirt.
Kevin Wilson, 22, played in every game at the tournament and pulled off a series of superb saves, including a penalty stop in the English side's group opener against Portugal. But it was Italy who won the Homeless World Cup after beating Austria 4-0 in Sunday's final.
England finished the tourna- ment in a creditable sixth place, losing a hard-fought fifth-place play-off 5-4 to Russia.
The five-a-side tournament was held in Stockholm, Sweden, over a week.
Huddersfield Town and Liverpool FC fan Kevin, who plays five-a-side in Huddersfield, said: "I can't believe I won the best keeper trophy. I'm really happy.
"There were a lot of good keepers in the other teams and I'm proud that I was chosen.
"The crowds at the matches and all the other teams have been really supportive."
Kevin, of Marsh, who names England legend Sir Stanley Matthews as his all-time footballing hero, added: "Winning the trophy has made me more confident about what I'm going to do when I go back to England. I'm hoping to work with a Football in the Community programme."
Richard Brown, managing director of The Big Issue in the North, who managed the England team during the competition, said: "Kevin pulled off some great saves during the World Cup and deserved to win the goalkeeper of the tournament award - he's definitely been a favourite with the crowds."
The team was chosen by Manchester United Football Club and The Big Issue in the North from more than 1,000 hopefuls who took part in Street League regional trials since February.
The team was trained by Manchester United's Football in the Community coaches.
The squad members who joined Kevin were Ahmet Akdag, 22, Derrell Miller, 22, Auric Afrani, 23, and Adeleke Adeniji, 21, all from London, and Tony Sheerin, 24, Alex Edwards, 17, and Joe Torode, 19, from Merseyside.
All the team members were homeless at the time of their first trial.