Youngsters from a Buckhurst Hill have been crowned the best school football team in England after they won a dream final at a Premier League stadium.

Year 5 and 6 pupils from Loyola Preparatory School won the Under 11s Danone Nations Cup national finals in dramatic fashion at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium.

Loyola won 13 of their 14 games throughout regional qualifiers and the final tournament itself, scoring 35 goals and conceding just one.

The team beat Baston Primary School from Lincolnshire 2-0 in extra time in the final match to lift the trophy.

Loyola sports coach, Ollie Morah, said: "We're very proud of our team. They've worked so hard for many months to get this far, and now all of their efforts have paid off.

“It has been an incredible experience for the team to play at a Premier League-stadium at Stoke City FC.

“To think that they have walked away as champions of England is unbelievable. It's such a fantastic achievement, which goes to show that if you work hard as a team and believe in yourself, anything is possible.”

Loyola also won the Essex county and south east region legs of the tournament on their way to the trophy.

Teams from more than 3,000 schools across England entered this year’s edition of the Danone Nations Cup.

The seven-a-side competition runs every year in 32 countries worldwide for young footballers aged between 10 and 12, with more than two-and-a-half million children taking part in the tournament.