A KENDAL Footballer got the opportunity to represented his country as the team captain of the over 60s squad.

Dennis Johnson, a left midfielder, played for England’s walking over 60s squad against both Ireland and Wales between April 24 and 28.

The international games saw England claim an impressive 2-1 victory over Ireland, however they were defeated 2-0 by Wales at Barry Town. 

Despite this, England won the overall Nations Cup.

On April 28, Dennis was also part of the side that played at Loughborough for England’s 90 minute eleven aside game against Wales which ended in 0-0 draw.

Dennis said he ‘fully enjoyed both experiences’.

A life long footballer, Dennis was the Captain of the England Over 60s walking team, which follows on from a career that has taken him to various countries including America and Turkey.

After suffering a heart attack in 2013, Dennis underwent a long road to recovery before joining the team as a left midfielder.

Outside his career as a professional footballer, he also played for Lancashire’s over 60s cricket team.

Dennis said: “Coming back from a heart attack is a big thing.

“After that happened, I was thinking about all the things I wanted to do while I still had time. I set my goals and I went for them. I was just fortunate enough to be picked for the squad.

“It was a fantastic feeling doing the trials and then I got the call saying I’ll be the captain. It was quite emotional.

“It’s a boyhood dream come true.

“I’m really grateful to the people at Kendal Rugby club who let me use their facilities free of charge to prepare for this.”