Ex-Norwich City and King’s Lynn stalwart Keith Webb counts down to Rio Paralympics

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

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

Former Norwich City coach Keith Webb is confident he is leading the best-prepared Great Britain Cerebral Palsy team to ever leave these shores, after unveiling his Rio Paralympics squad.

Webb is now putting the final touches to preparations for the Games, which begin in Brazil on September 7, with his 14-man squad set to face the hosts, highly-rated Russia and Ireland in the group stages.

'We have a couple of camps coming up, and that will be used to fine tune the squad that has now been picked and we will be the best prepared team to leave these shores, make no mistake about that,' he said. 'The teams we will face in the group stages are Russia, Brazil and Ireland, each having their own challenges and each game will be played in a different way.

'Could the draw have been better, absolutely, however we just have to deal with it. I am confident that we can cause an upset. There is going to be no pressure on us, the pressure will be on the other teams.'

Webb admitted he had to make some tough selection calls, but his squad know what to expect after a Rio training trip.

'I am happy with the squad, it has been a long process, and hard work in selecting the players. I think the squad we have selected to go out there will give a good account of themselves,' he said. 'It went down to the wire to be perfectly honest, it was important that I went for a mobile group of players who can take charge of the games that we have coming up. People missed out not because they aren't good enough, but because of the type of opposition we are going to face.

'I had to make decisions on people who have dreams of participating in one of the largest events to take part on the planet. It is never nice to squash those dreams. We went out there to highlight some of the issues we might face in Rio, and also make sure that the sightseeing was out of the way and that we all can now focus on the football. I think all the preparations have gone smoothly and I personally just can't wait for it to come around now.'

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