Football fan mingles with England squad ahead of World Cup

SELFIE WITH THE STARS: Dave O'Donnell with midfielder Frank Lampard (S)

SELFIE WITH THE STARS: Dave O'Donnell with midfielder Frank Lampard (S)

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A football fan from Colne is living the dream as he mingles with England squad stars in Rio de Janeiro.

Dave O Donnell (29), of Hill Lane, is currently staying in the same hotel as the top footballing talents, which is located in front of the idyllic Copacabana beach.

LIVING THE DREAM: Dave O Donnell with England manager Roy Hodgson (S)
LIVING THE DREAM: Dave O Donnell with England manager Roy Hodgson (S)

The assistant manager of Colne’s DFS store is being given full celebrity treatment, and has used the once in a lifetime opportunity to have his photograph taken with World Cup legends, including midfielder Frank Lampard and manager Roy Hodgson.

Dave, a Burnley FC fan and former Fisher More School student, is enjoying the trip with a few of his Australian friends, and is now looking forward to the first England game against Italy in Manaus on Saturday.

His mum Karen (54) said: “He is living the dream at the moment - it was on his wish list to do.

“He has been sending me the pictures, and putting them on Facebook. He has been looking forward to it immensely.”

TRIBUTE: Dave O Donnell is displaying a flag at the first England match in memory of his close friend Scott Thompson (S)
TRIBUTE: Dave O Donnell is displaying a flag at the first England match in memory of his close friend Scott Thompson (S)

At the first England game, Dave will be displaying a flag in memory of his friend Scott Thompson (27), who was killed in Australia in February when his quad bike was in collision with a lorry.

Dave will return to the UK next Friday, where he will be watching the rest of the tournament.

 

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