A regional daily has wished a pair of England footballers from its patch well as they prepare to begin their World Cup campaign tonight.
The Sunderland Echo has splashed this morning on a good luck message to Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford, who are both thought likely to start this evening’s opening match against Tunisia.
Henderson was born in Sunderland itself, while Pickford was born in nearby Washington. Both also began their career at Sunderland AFC.
The pair now both ply their trade for clubs on Merseyside, with Henderson playing for Liverpool and Pickford for Everton.
In wishing its ‘Two Lions’ good luck, the Echo spoke to both of the Jordans’ PE teachers are their old schools, as well as Sunderland AFC club ambassador Kevin Ball.
Alan Fisher, who taught Pickford at Washington’s St Robert of Newminster Catholic School, told the Echo: “Jordan’s story makes it clear to our students that no matter your background or where you’re from, you can reach your potential if you work hard and believe in yourself.”
Dave Robinson, a PE teacher at Farringdon Community Academy, where Henderson attended, said: “Jordan was always a fantastic lad with a great attitude, and that’s one of the reasons he has got to where he is. We’re really proud of him.”