Dec 13 2012 by Jamie Bowman, Crosby Herald
A CROSBY teenager has been selected to represent England Schoolboys’ football team.
Rob Gilroy, 17, will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton and Michael Owen, after being picked for England under-18s following an intensive trial held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.
He will now train with the side as they prepare for a series of home internationals in March and April next year.
The Sacred Heart Catholic College student is currently studying for his A-Levels and will become the school’s first pupil to play at this level.
Currently playing for Altrincham, Rob’s career began when he turned out for St Luke’s Halsall CE Primary, helping his side to lift the Sefton Cup.
The teenager has been regularly chosen for Sefton schools for the past two years and has overcome a serious knee injury to get closer to achieving his dream of becoming a professional footballer.
Rob, who has been picked despite being in a younger age group than most of his team mates, said: “It’s a dream come true and I cannot wait.
“When you are 11 years old and playing for your school, you never think you are going to make it this far.”
Despite his footballing success, Rob is determined to complete his studies and his hoping he may be able to gain a scholarship to an American college, enabling him to pursue a career in the growing Major Soccer League.
He said: “I want to finish my A-Levels as not having an education is a risk.
“It only takes one injury and your career is over.”
A spokesperson for the English Schools’ FA said: “We would like to congratulate Rob on his selection.
“He impressed at each trial and we wish Rob the best of luck for the upcoming year; both in the classroom and on the pitch.”