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Abdul, Crystal Palace and England

8 July 2021

With UEFA Euro 2020 underway, we’re highlighting some of our own Westminster City School football stars. This week it is Abdul, who trains with Crystal Palace.

Year 10 pupil, Abdul, is in his fourth year of training with Crystal Palace. He started out with Sunday league teams and was then spotted by scouts, so undertook a number of trials with other top London football clubs before joining Crystal Palace. 

Abdul said: “This season I’ll be training four nights a week with Crystal Palace, as well as taking part in matches at the weekend. Each training session lasts for almost two hours so I have to do my homework before and I can’t meet up with friends on those days. Luckily my mates from Westminster City School are all very understanding and supportive!

“I really enjoy training with Crystal Palace and we often get to see the team’s professional players at the training ground too. I certainly intend to keep going with my football.”

Crystal Palace currently competes in the Premier League, the highest level of English football and is based in south London, with a training ground at Selhurst Park in the borough of Croydon.

When asked who will win UEFA Euro 2020, Abdul predicted England. 

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