Sunderland football fans chosen a mascots for Scotland vs Croatia

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TWO football-mad boys have been chosen to run out at Scotland’s national stadium after being selected as mascots.

Matthew Cassap, eight, from Sunderland, and Maddox-James Dabreo, seven, from Durham, have won the opportunity after entering the Player Escort competition run by McDonald’s.

And they now have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk out on to the pitch with the Scottish football team, ahead of the sqaud’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier with Croatia, a week tonight at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Matthew’s mum, Christine, said: “He is absolutely over the moon and really excited.

“He even wants to speak with a Scottish accent.”

Maddox-James said: “I can’t wait to walk out on to the pitch and see the stadium. I’m really looking forward to meeting the players.”

The boys will head up to Scotland where they will meet the likes of Charlie Adam, Steven Naismith and Robert Snodgrass.

Matthew, who is a pupil at St Leonard’s 
Roman Catholic School, in Silkworth, has 
been playing football since he was three years old.

He started playing for the North East Sport Tigers and recently transferred to Redby Reds, in Sunderland.

And Maddox-James plays football at his school the Ribbon Academy, in Murton.

McDonald’s head of Scottish football and former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said: “The McDonald’s community programme is about providing opportunities for people to get involved in grassroots football and give youngsters footballing experience that they will never forget.

“I hope all the player escorts enjoy every second of walking out on to the pitch at Hampden Park and have a great night cheering on the team.”

l For more information on McDonald’s grassroots programmes and for future player escorts competitions, visit