FOR most football fans playing in the World Cup is a distant dream.
But for Huddersfield man Emmy Wade the dream is about to come true.
The 20-year-old has been picked for England’s Homeless World Cup team.
He will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, later this month with the rest of the eight-man squad for the week-long tournament.
He said: “I’m proud to have made it through and feel as though I’m on a good path and working towards my goal and my dreams.”
Emmy is classed as ‘vulnerably housed,’ which means he receives support to keep his rented accommodation.
He had to attend a series of trials at Manchester United’s training ground in Salford to get through.
The tournament is organised by the club and The Big Issue magazine.
Emmy had to beat off competition from about 200 other hopefuls to make the cut.
He follows in the footsteps of two other Huddersfield players who 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 squad will attend a special three-day camp at United’s Carrington training ground before flying to Denmark.
They will compete in four-aside matches in the tournament which includes 48 teams.
Team manager Richard Brown, from The Big Issue, said: “We’re proud to announce this year’s England Homeless World Cup team.
“These lads have all worked really hard during the last six months to make it to the final eight players.
“I’m sure they’ll do their country proud when they compete against the other teams on the world stage.”
For more information visit www.homelessworldcup.org