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Gaz and Baz win the World Cup

7 June 2014

Gareth Ainsworth and Barry Richardson are World Cup winners after helping England clinch the World Cup Seniors title in Thailand.

The Blues boss scored and set one up in a 2-2 draw in the final against Scotland before the Three Lions won 5-4 on penalties to win the trophy.

The pair had played a vital part throughout the tournament, with Ainsworth bagging an eight-minute hat-trick in a 6-0 romp over USA in the group stages, and scoring a header in the 2-1 semi-final victory against Iran.

Richardson captained his country in a 1-1 draw with the host nation, in an England squad largely made up of Harrogate Veterans FC players including former professionals Simon Baldry (ex-Huddersfield Town) and Dean Barrick (previously of Cambridge United and Preston North End).

Speaking before the final, Ainsworth said: “It’s an amazing experience and I’m very proud to wear the England shirt. The tournament has been first class and professionally run.

“It’s been harder than I expected even after playing League 2 football. Altogether it’s been a fantastic experience.”

The week-long tournament included football coaching sessions with children in the Sa Kaeo area, a visit to Watthana School to pose for photos and sign autographs, and a dinner at the Governor’s House where Ainsworth took lead vocals on a rendition of “We Will Rock You” by the England squad.

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