Billy Carroll 7M representing Team England in global football tournament finals

Danone Nations Football Competition


Photo: Billy Carroll wearing the Three Lions kit


Congratulations to Billy Carroll, 7M who has been chosen to represent Team England at the Danone Nations Cup Football Tournament in Marrakech, Morocco next week.  The tournament is the world’s biggest football competition for children between the ages of 10 and 12.  

Video highlights from the matches will be online at

  • 2,500,000 players take part in the annual competition across 32 countries.
  • England have never won the tournament or reached the final
  • Mexico, Portugal and Egypt are in England's group
  • Billy Carroll becomes the 36th St. Mary's Menston student to gain international sporting honours
  • Football is the most popular sport in the world
  • St. Mary's Menston are the most successful football school in Leeds, winning 14 trophies last season

“Billy is captain of our Year 7 side and faces the fantastic opportunity to represent his country in an international tournament on foreign soil. We wish Billy and the rest of his side every success and keep our fingers crossed that they can bring the silverware home for Team England. Good luck Billy!”
— Mr T Hamill, Year 7 Student Progress Leader

“Taking part in a tournament of this size and having the opportunity to play in Morocco this year is the stuff of dreams for all these children.”
— Zinédine Zidane