HUDDERSFIELD Town may not be sending any players to the World Cup in South Africa in June.
But Huddersfield student and Town fan Robert Brewster has bagged a trip to a Fifa World Cup of his own.
The 17-year-old, from Fixby, will be representing England at the Fifa Interactive World Cup – the world’s largest virtual football gaming tournament.
The teenager will be flown out to Barcelona where he will battle the globe’s hottest gaming talent for the chance to be crowned the Fifa Interactive World Champion.
The competition on May 1 will also see him have a chance of taking home the $20,000 top prize.
The honour of representing his country comes after he won the UK qualifiers at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, qualifying from hundreds of gamers across the UK..
Watched by England and Arsenal star Theo Walcott and Sky Sports’ Soccer AM presenter Max Rushden, Robert triumphed 3-1 in a tight final.
Playing as Chelsea, he defeated Adam Winster’s Barcelona team after scoring two early goals.
The Rastrick High School A-level student said he had been playing the Fifa-branded football game for about three years.
And he said he had been practising for about 10 hours a week in the run up to the tournament.
He said: “I thought I was playing worse than normal but I kept getting better throughout the tournament.
“I got to the final and somehow I won it.
“It hasn’t quite sunk in.
“My parents are a bit shocked that I managed to win it.”
Robert, who is a Huddersfield Town season ticket holder, said he wasn’t able to use his beloved Terriers as the game only featured Premier League clubs.
He said he chose to use Chelsea instead for their strength and speed and his top tip was “pass and move and take your chances”.
Looking forward to his chances at the grand final in Barcelona, Robert said, “I’ve got a chance to win it.
“I’ve definitely got the ability, but so do a number of other players so it will come down to a bit of luck on the day.”
More than half a million players vied for a spot in the Grand Final of last year’s Fifa Interactive World Cup and a similar number took part this season.
Chuck Blazer, a Fifa member, said: “This makes it the Fifa tournament with the most competitors.
“The FIWC is becoming more and more popular among all age groups and the great thing is that everybody can participate.
“Players can face each other whenever they want and wherever they are – this is truly unique.”