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PUBLISHED: 16:50 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:01 23 August 2010

MOST football-mad youngsters have at some point dreamed of playing alongside England midfielder Frank Lampard at Wembley Stadium. But for Jake Eggleston, of Wrotham Road, Meopham, that dream became a reality when he was among 22 kids invited an exclusive

MOST football-mad youngsters have at some point dreamed of playing alongside England midfielder Frank Lampard at Wembley Stadium.

But for Jake Eggleston, of Wrotham Road, Meopham, that dream became a reality when he was among 22 kids invited an exclusive FA Tesco Skills coaching session on Friday.

The 10-year-old attended the event after being nominated by Kent FA Tesco Skills coach, Robert Udberg, of the Dartford Skill Centre, based in Princes Park, Princes Road, Dartford, where he trains.

He said: "The FA Tesco Skills Programme has given me a lot of confidence and it was excellent to meet Frank Lampard today, he told me to just keep playing.

"My favourite part of the Wembley tour was when I got to go into the dressing rooms. I hope I can come back one day as an England player."

The event was held to celebrate over one million children successfully passing through The FA Tesco Skills programme which gives five to 11-year-olds the opportunity to develop their football techniques under the watchful eye of The FA's specially trained Skills Coaches.

England midfielder and Skills Programme ambassador Frank Lampard said: "I was here to launch this event so it was great to see the 22 children here today and to share a special skill session with them.

"You can achieve anything with practice and dedication and it's great to see so many children being given a chance to play football and improve their skills.


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