Huge test for Keith Webb’s England cerebral palsy side
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Hosts England will need to overcome holders Russia this evening if they wish to keep their dreams of lifting the Cerebral Palsy World Championships alive.
The Three Lions finished second in their three-team group – following Iran's expulsion from the disabled sport's competition – while their opponents tonight topped their pool plundering 22 goals in just three matches. So Keith Webb's side will have it all to do when they take to the field at 4.30pm for the quarter-final clash at St George's Park.
England keeper Giles Moore told the FA's website: 'They're going to be frightened of us. We drove Ukraine (lost 1-0 on Saturday) all the way and whenever those two play they're always close too. They'll know it's not going to be easy against us.'
Webb, a former Norwich City youth and reserve chief, knows a win will not only take his heroes into the last four, but it will also secure their qualification for next year's Rio Paralympics. England need a top-seven finish to book their place in Brazil and can still achieve that even if they lose today.