HOMELESS Huddersfield man Emmy Wade got a send-off from a Premiership star as he jetted off for an international football tournament.
Emmy, 21, and his England team- mates met Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster before their flight to Copenhagen for the Homeless World Cup.
Foster visited the team at United’s Carrington training ground, where they had three days of intensive preparation.
The team is being sponsored by A4e, which provides training and career opportunities for people in deprived areas.
Its chief executive, Mark Lovell, said: “Participation leads to improvement in the lives of those involved, with a significant number addressing employment, housing and self-esteem issues.
“We are proud to be sponsoring such a worthwhile event.”
Emmy is classed as ‘vulnerably housed,’ which means he receives support to keep his rented accommodation.
He won a place in the squad after a series of trials at the Carrington complex.
He had to beat off competition from about 200 other hopefuls to make the team.
Two other Huddersfield players have represented their country in previous Homeless World Cups.
Kevin Wilson was named goalkeeper of the tournament in 2004 and Paul Roznowski played for the team in 2005.
The tournament is organised by Manchester United and The Big Issue magazine.
There are 48 teams who compete in four-a-side matches.
For more information visit www.homelessworldcup.org