Boss of Three Lions’ cerebral palsy squad, Keith Webb, feels part of the ‘England family’

England's women celebrate World Cup progression. Picture: JONATHAN HAYWARD/AP

England's women celebrate World Cup progression. Picture: JONATHAN HAYWARD/AP - Credit: AP

Keith Webb believes the FA deserves its share of praise for helping two of England's lesser-known teams enjoy their moment in the spotlight.

Keith Webb passes on instructions to his England players. Picture: The FA/Getty Images

Keith Webb passes on instructions to his England players. Picture: The FA/Getty Images - Credit: The FA via Getty Images

The Norwich-based coach guided the Three Lions' cerebral palsy squad to a record fifth-placed finish at the world championships while the country's ladies are still enjoying their own history-making exploits at the Women's World Cup. Webb was ecstatic with his team's sensational showing but was quick to ensure the governing body's role in the success is not overlooked.

'I got congratulatory messages from Martin Glenn (FA chief executive), Dan Ashworth (FA director of elite development) and Marieanne Spacey (England women's assistant coach),' said Webb, inset.

'With the FA it's not just all about England and Roy Hodgson or Gareth Southgate and the Under-21s. There's a real collective camaraderie. The FA do a lot of other work, away from the national team where there is obviously huge interest, that people need to recognise. They get a lot of stick that's not justified.'

The 53-year-old was delighted with the coverage of his side's heroics and is pleased to see the women's team gaining similar exposure.

Webb added: 'It's important for role models to be created because they inspire the next generation of players.'