Young footballer is European hopeful

Jamie Oakey, young amputee footballer and captain of the England junior squad
Jamie Oakey, young amputee footballer and captain of the England junior squad
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A Blackpool teenager with only one foot is set to represent England in a European footballtournament next month.

Jamie Oakey, 15, has been picked to represent England at the European Amputee Football Federation’s junior training camp in Rome.

Jamie Oakey, young amputee footballer and captain of the England junior squad

Jamie Oakey, young amputee footballer and captain of the England junior squad

The teenager was born without a right foot and for years was told he had no hope of fulfilling his dream of playing football.

Now the captain of the England junior squad, he will join other amputee footballers from across Europe to be trained in the hope of making it into the senior team.

His mum Elaine said: “I feel absolutely over the moon.

“Every single one of them has achieved so much when other people were saying no, you can’t play football for us.

“To think now he would be here is out of this world.

“He’s amazing. They all are. When you look at them it makes you so proud.”

Jamie, who lives in Beech Avenue, Layton, took up amputee football at the age of eight.

He now trains weekly at Manchester City FC and Everton FC.

Teams are made up of seven players – six outfielders and one goalkeeper.

Outfield players have feet or legs missing, while goalies have a hand or arm missing. Players use arm crutches and play without prosthetics.

Elaine said: “All the kids are amputees for one reason or another, be it cancer, accident or by birth.

“To watch them run, they are super fit. You’ve never seen anything like it.

“Every child that plays wants to be on the adult squad.

“They’re off to Mexico to compete in the World Cup!”

You can find out more about the England Amputee Football Association charity and make a donation online at www.theeafa.co.uk.