Three lions...and a little boy from Rugby

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A SCHOOLBOY from Brownsover had the best day of his young life when he ran out with the England team at Wembley on Saturday.

Finlay Commons was a player escort as the English national football team took on Spain in a friendly.

He carried a huge poppy wreath onto the pitch in memory of fallen soldiers as part of remembrance tributes.

Finlay, eight, who attends Boughton Leigh Primary in Brownsover, said: “It was the best day of my life.

“I was so excited to take part and it was an honour to carry the wreath.

“I’m a Beaver and take part in Remembrance Day parades so I know how important it is.”

Finlay, of Whernside, walked out with the Three Lions before Fabio Capello’s side beat the world and European champions 1-0 with a Frank Lampard header.

He was one of 11 youngsters who took to the famous field in front of thousands of people after his mother, Donna, correctly answered a question in a Sun newspaper competition organised with team sponsor McDonalds.

“Finlay understood the importance of his role as his great great uncle Derek who fought in the war likes to tell him his stories,” said Donna.

“We were all so proud of him. It really was once in a lifetime opportunity. I was crying and Finlay’s Dad Martin was so proud.”

She said the family were treated like VIPs.

“We had messages of support from as far afield as Australia,” Donna added.

“The only problem now is he wants to wear his kit 24/7!”