WORLD Cup legend Geoff Hurst cast his eye over 48 young teams at the McDonald’s Football Festival before helping select Castrol under 9s to play at Wembley Stadium.
England’s 1966 hat-trick hero watched teams from U7s to U12s level at Castrol Sports and Social Club on Sunday as they competed in friendly football matches.
There was no competition element, but the side which most impressed the watching coaches would earn the right to play in a football festival on the hallowed turf of Wembley prior to the Community Shield on August 10.
Of the 500 youngsters taking part, from as far afield as North Wales and the Wirral, it was Castrol U9s who caught the eye and won the favour of the selectors.
They will now go for training with former Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrison – the man who brought on Ryan Giggs and David Beckham – and Hurst himself before playing against teams from other festivals at Wembley.