Upson parents so proud
It was almost 20 years ago that a young Matthew Upson bombed down the left wing as a junior player for his home town club.But after beginning his quest for sporting glory on the Brewers Green Lane pitch at Diss, the Norfolk-raised footballer is set to feature in one of the world's biggest events tomorrow.
It was almost 20 years ago that a young Matthew Upson bombed down the left wing as a junior player for his home town club.
But after beginning his quest for sporting glory on the Brewers Green Lane pitch at Diss, the Norfolk-raised footballer is set to feature in one of the world's biggest events tomorrow.
His family spoke of their pride before they flew out to watch the 31-year-old playing in his first World Cup.
All eyes will be on the former Diss High School pupil tomorrow afternoon when England take on Slovenia in a crunch group game.
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The football ace, who grew up in Diss, first set his heart on becoming a professional player when he was 12, and was handed an academy place with Luton Town just days after his 16th birthday.
Big moves to Arsenal, Birmingham City, and West Ham followed, along with international caps with the U18s, U21s, and senior squads. But the World Cup will represent the highlight of his career.
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His parents Richard and Susan, who are out in South Africa to watch their son play, said they were looking forward to the tournament.
Mr Upson said his son's international debut was against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in 2003.
'Four years ago he set himself a target to be part of the World Cup squad. That is what he worked towards and he has achieved that and fulfilled his ambition,' he said.
'We have always been very proud of all our family's achievements and obviously Matthew has set himself personal targets and we are delighted that he is doing that.'
The England No15 played a handful of games for Diss Town U18 before getting a full-time contract with Luton Town.