By Tony Dewhurst

William Swailes will be wearing the Three Lions on his chest this summer after celebrating a top award at the brmb Grass Roots Football Show.

The talented 17-year-old has been selected for England's Mencap squad for this summer's European Championships in Switzerland.

And William's special prize comes days after he landed the North West title for regional player of the year in the Every Player Counts awards at Birmingham NEC.

The Every Player Counts scheme is a leading project of The Football League Trust, supported by the Football Pools, delivering a three-year disability programme to develop sporting opportunities for people with all types of disability.

"I was really chuffed to be awarded the prize - it is a great honour," said William, who was nominated by Carlisle United.

"I'm thrilled to be picked for England. It is going to be a busy summer and one I'm really looking forward to."

William has severe learning difficulties but has always had a passion for the game and has not allowed his disability to get in the way of his determination to succeed.

William's mother Tracey said: "I'm so proud of him and I know that the Every Player Counts award means so much to him.

"William eats, drinks and sleeps football. He has achieved a lot and has worked very hard."

The Football League Trust's National Project Manager Mike Evans said: "William has achieved an ambition that most of us can only dream about, to represent his country in football. We received some amazing nominations for the Player of the Year awards and William is a very worthy winner.''