Sunderland lads make medals for their hero Jordan Pickford

Broadway Junior School boys, Kalen Lay and Mitchell Peggie, with their medals to their hero Jordan Pickford.
Broadway Junior School boys, Kalen Lay and Mitchell Peggie, with their medals to their hero Jordan Pickford.
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Two Sunderland boys have made medals in honour of their hero, England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

When asked who their hero was, Kalen Lay and Mitchell Peggie, had no hesitation in naming the Wearside-born footballer.

Kalen Lay and Mitchell Peggie with their medals.

Kalen Lay and Mitchell Peggie with their medals.

The boys, who are students at Broadway Junior School, were at the Tall Ships event in Sunderland earlier this week, along with children from lots of Sunderland schools.

Teacher, Bethany Smith, said during the visit the pupils were being told all about the heroes of the sea.

She said: "They were all asked to name their heroes and make medals for them, and these two boys chose Jordan Pickford."

The Year 4 teacher said the school is buzzing with the excitement of the World Cup match tonight - Wednesday - when England take on Croatia.

Ms Smith said: "You can hear 'football's coming home' being sung in all the corridors, all the children are so excited."

She said the pupils have been celebrating the success of the England team in the competition so far, especially Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson.

The teacher said: "They have been having Pickford and Henderson days in school."

She said visiting the Tall Ships Races in Sunderland has added to the excitement for the children.

She said: "We had a brilliant day there. It was a great atmosphere and one of the ships sailed really close to us."