Woodford Green youngster walks out with England at Wembley (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Payton Brown from Woodford Green walks out at Wembley as McDonald's player escort for England v Brazil and meets stars including Danny Wellbeck and Sir Bobby Charlton
A football-mad youngster from Woodford Green was the envy of all his school friends after walking out at Wembley alongside the players ahead of last night’s England v Brazil match.
Eight-year-old Payton Brown from Whitehall Road won a McDonald's sponsored competition to be one of the official player escorts at the big match.
The St Anthony’s Catholic School pupil strode onto the pitch alongside Manchester United star Danny Wellbeck.
He said: “It was amazing. Danny Wellbeck was really nice to me and I also got to say hello to Roy Hodgson and Sir Bobby Charlton.
“I got shivers walking out of the tunnel because it was so noisy and it was brilliant to watch the game.
“When England scored I went crazy.”
Payton’s family are all football fans and Payton, who plays as a centre-back for Belmont Juniors, is no stranger to being a mascot.
He led his favourite team, Tottenham, onto the pitch before they beat Liverpool 4-0 in September 2011.
And his ten-year-old sister, Georgia, was a mascot as Spurs thrashed Italian giants Inter Milan 3-1.
After watching his son lead England out ahead of the national team’s 2-1 victory over Brazil, dad Rod, 55, said: “Three wins out of three isn’t bad is it?
“We are all football crazy in this house so when Payton won the chance to walk out with England it was like we had won the lottery.
“It was a very proud moment for me watching him out there and it was made even better by the fact that England won.”
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