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Matt Crossen

Matt made his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016.

A long time football fan, Matt began to take football more seriously at the age of 12 after his granddad took him to his first football match. Playing at a high standard, Matt played in the Northern League Division 1 for Marske United until he had a stroke at the age of 23. He was subsequently contacted by talent scouts from the England CP squad.

The defender made his debut for England at the 2015 Cerebral Palsy World Championships at St George’s Park, England, where the team qualified their slot for Rio by finishing in 5th place. At that tournament, he scored his first goals for his country against America and Ireland.

On his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016, Matt helped the GB side to secure a fifth-place finish. Bronze medallists Brazil and gold medallists Ukraine were the only two teams to beat them in the tournament.

Away from the pitch, Matt spends a lot of time with his daughter, Millie.

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