My Special Day - Episode 1: Lewis Marshall meets England football team

Last Updated: 31/12/13 1:29pm

In Episode 1 of My Special Day, Lewis Marshall has his dream come true as he gets to meet the England football team - and watch them play at Wembley.

Lewis, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, had no idea of what was about to happen when he went with his family to their local pub in Lytham St Annes to watch the Super Sunday clash between Manchester United and Arsenal.

That was until a special 'newsflash' appeared on the screens courtesy of Sky Sports News - viewers were told there was breaking news coming from the England camp, before a video message from Wayne Rooney appeared - personally inviting Lewis to come and meet him, as well as watching the team train.

The following week, Lewis arrived in London for an unforgettable two days.

He was welcomed to Arsenal's London Colney training ground by England manager Roy Hodgson and England captain Steven Gerrard and after speaking to their pair, Lewis watched England's training session from the side of the pitch.

Once the session was over, Lewis met his hero Wayne Rooney, who presented him with an England shirt signed by the whole team.

Wayne then asked Lewis if he would like to be his mascot for the England v Germany game at Wembley the following evening.

Spin forward 24 hours and Lewis was at Wembley meeting the entire England squad, who happily posed for photos and signed autographs.

Lewis then went with the squad to the dressing room for a behind-the-scenes tour and had a front row seat for Roy and Steven's pre-match press conference as the pair looked ahead to the game.

The following day, Lewis - accompanied by Rooney - walked out onto the Wembley pitch as England mascot for the England v Germany game celebrating the FA's 150th Anniversary.

Lewis' moving story has been warmly received throughout football and Fulham striker Darren Bent tweeted: "Preparing for big game tonight and just seen the England #myspecialday on @skysportsnews...great stuff."

Norwich's Bradley Johnson echoed Bent's thoughts, tweeting: "Well done @SkySportsNews just seen #myspecialday with the England squad, great piece."

The Football Association have also supported the initiative which has worked closely with professional clubs to make young people's dreams come true.

Lewis had a special message for England's stars, who will attempt to end the nation's long wait for a World Cup triumph.

Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher said: "Lewis will be cheering England on as they travel to Brazil next summer and says he has the faith that his heroes can win the World Cup in 2014."

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