Norfolk keeper helps England set up quarter-final against Brazil at World Amputee World Cup
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Local keeper Kieran Lambourne is helping England set a World Cup alight again.
Lambourne is part of the squad who have just teed up a clash with Brazil in the quarter-finals of the World Amputee Football Federation World Cup.
That follows winning all three of their group games in Mexico. Uruguay were beaten 5-0 on Sunday and Ireland 3-0 on Monday, before top spot in Group A was secured with another 3-0 victory, over hosts Mexico in front of a lively crowd, on Tuesday.
That sent the England Amputee Football Association (EAFA) team through to a last-16 tie against Argentina on Thursday night, which England edged 2-0 in a hard fought encounter.
Next up is reigning South American champions Brazil, who beat France in their last-16 tie, with the tournament held in San Juan de los Lagos in the state of Jalisco.
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Lambourne, from Tilney St Lawrence, studies sports science at Portsmouth University. He was born without one of his arms below the elbow and plays for Peterborough United.
The 19-year-old is one of two goalkeepers in the England squad, who had to raise the £70,000 needed to ensure they could compete at the tournament due to a cut in their Football Association funding – with the Premier League and sponsors Simply Business stepping in to make sure the 13-man squad could travel just weeks ago.
Lambourne's dad, John, said: 'Kieran has played in all of the matches, coming on at half-time in the first match and playing most of the second half in the other two matches.
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'He is the number two keeper but he is being used as much as possible to ensure he is match sharp.
'One of the squad has already gone down with sickness and as keeper is such an important position the management are ensuring he is ready to step in as first choice if needed. The same care is being taken as the full England team, with the two keepers not being allowed to room together to reduce the risk of both becoming ill at the same time.
'The England team are being treated like celebrities by the local community and Kieran has been doing selfies with them and signing autographs, so he is having a great time!'