Desborough teenager picked to play for Montserrat

A 16-year-old boy from Northamptonshire has swapped the drizzly days of Desborough for the sunny smiles of the Caribbean as he represents his national football team.

Ellary White, 16, of Union Street, was picked to play for the Leeward Island of Montserrat after being spotted by national team coach Kenny Dyer, whose brother is friends with Ellary's dad Harry White.

He is eligible to play because his father was born in Montserrat.

Ellary joined training sessions for the side in London last year before making his debut in a World Cup qualifier against Surinam in Trinidad last month.

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An impressive start saw Montagu Community College pupil Ellary put the ball in the back of the net within 15 minutes, but unfortunately the goal was disallowed and the side went on to lose 7-1.

He said: "I was a bit anxious because I did not know much about the set-up. But once I got there it was fine.

"I played all right, but eventually came off injured.

"My teammates and friends gave me a bit of stick after the match because we lost, but at least I was there to be beaten."

Centre-back Ellary, a former Northampton Town youth player, compared the standard of the football played to that of League One or Two in England.

Mr Dyer, who played professionally in Cyprus before taking on the role of national coach, said the team could have beaten Surinam if his full squad had been available.

He added: "Ellary is a young lad and he needs to develop, but I'm happy with his conduct and he has a good future ahead of him."

Ellary plays football for Rothwell Aztec but is hoping to be picked for Montserrat again when they play friendlies against Rochdale and Antigua in June.