PROUD staff and students at a Wearside school have more reason than usual to cheer for England tonight.
Sunderland lad Jordan Henderson is part of the England squad which is facing first opponents, Italy, in the World Cup this evening and students and teachers at his former school, Farrington Community Academy, couldn’t be more proud.
The 23-year-old former Black Cats player (pictured right), from East Herrington, is believed to be the first Wearsider to be chosen for an England World Cup squad causing a buzz in the city.
And, Farringdon Community Academy is thrilled by how far the young sportsman, who now plays for Liverpool, has come since his days on the pitches at the Allendale Road school.
Howard Kemp, headteacher at Farringdon, said: “The whole school community is really proud of Jordan and what he has achieved. He was a super lad at the school, very hard working and a very modest lad. He is so driven and is a fantastic role model for the youngsters.
“It is such an inspiration for our students to see that if someone from our community can achieve what Jordan has, then they too can achieve their goals, whatever they might be.
“Jordan had a real desire to be the best that he could be and that’s what we want for all our students, to do the best they possibly can.”
Jordan, isn’t the only successful sportsman to have begun their career at Farringdon, the Wearside school also boasts Olympic boxer, Tony Jeffries, 29, and England cricketer, Scott Borthwick, 24, among its past pupils.
In fact Jordan and Scott were both in the same year and played in sports teams together.
PE teacher at Farringdon Community Academy, Dave Robinson, who coached both lads, said: “There can’t be many schools where two lads who played for the same school teams have both gone on to represent England.”
Jordan is sure to face stiff competition to get into the starting team in Brazil, with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Adam Lallana to contend with for a midfield spot.
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