A SCHOOLBOY has been battling youngsters from across the world in a popular trading card game.
TJ Phillips, 11, of The Finches, Poulton, was crowned the national champion of the Topps Match Attax Premier League game in Manchester.
And this weekend he aimed to go one step further taking on players from Australia, Malaysia and Singapore at the world championships in London.
The youngster was sadly knocked out in the group matches by the eventual winner but said he enjoyed his trip nonetheless.
He added: “It was really exciting to get through to the final and it’s the second year running that I’ve made it.
“I’ve collected Match Attax since 2007.
“I love collecting them and it’s great when I go to all the tournaments and play my friends.”
The game works by taking on your opponent with 11 cards, one at a time.
If your card has a higher average score than your opponent’s, you take their player out of the game.
The final two players left in the game on Sunday faced each other during half time of Chelsea FC’s game against Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge.
TJ added: “I had hoped to get my hands on the big Match Attax trophy this time but I enjoyed meeting the other players.
“There were a lot of people there from all over the world who are absolutely amazing, but I gave it my best shot.”
Dad Tim said it was a great moment to see his son crowned the national champion - and have a special card made for him.
He added: “I was really proud of him. They laid on a fantastic weekend for us. We’ve been to the Tower of London and the Chelsea versus QPR game.”