England veterans team wins Seniors World Cup title in Thailand

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England fans may already be fearing the worst at Euro 2016, but elsewhere another Three Lions side is busy toasting success.

As we all know only too well, It has been 50 years since England lifted the World Cup but a side made up of veteran English stars is celebrating victory in the Seniors World Cup.

The competition may lack some of the glamour of the FIFA edition but that did not stop familiar Premier League names like Barry Hayles and Peter Beagrie from lining up for the national side, who were competing in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

How it played out

Roy Hodgson's side started with a 1-1 draw against Russia, but the England veterans side got off to a flyer in the Far East, beating Taiwan 6-0 before securing qualification from their group with a 2-0 triumph over USA.

A 2-1 defeat to reigning champions Iran in their final group fixture did little to dampen English spirits with the Three Lions roaring back with a memorable 3-0 win over bitter rivals Scotland in the semi-finals.

Hosts Thailand were then beaten in the final, with a 1-0 victory proving enough to see England celebrating silverware for the first time in five decades.

Celebrating Success

Steve Phillips, who was previously on the books at Bristol Rovers and Bristol City, was England's goalkeeper for the tournament and took to Twitter to celebrate his success while showcasing the trophy they lifted and medal he received:

Though the likes of Hayles, Beagrie and Phillips are unlikely to receive much in the way of a heroes' welcome upon their return to England, the result nevertheless showcases the old adage: form may be temporary but class is permanent.

Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodgson, take note.

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