IT wasn’t just football stars that Bishop's Stortford boy Alex Hutchins was seeing when he went to Wembley to watch the England-Brazil match.
Alex, 10, and fellow Bishop’s Stortford College Junior School classmates Max Bevington and Joe Radley, both 11, were given the VIP treatment for last Wednesday’s friendly, being chauffeured to the ground and walking the players’ red carpet into the stadium.
After watching Roy Hodgson’s men win 2-1 in a match arranged as part of the Football Association’s 150th anniversary celebrations, the Stortford boys raced to the players’ lounge to prepare to see their heroes.
But while Arsenal fan Alex was happy to get the autographs of Gunners trio Theo Walcott - his favourite player - Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as well as penalty save hero Joe Hart, he was just as thrilled to be pictured with Ant & Dec, the presenters of TV’s Britain’s Got Talent and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
“They were very friendly,” said Alex, who also found himself sitting at a table next to winning goalscorer Frank Lampard and his father, former West Ham defender Frank senior, as all the players and guests tucked into lasagne.
Alex was unable to finish his plate of pasta – not because he was starstruck, but because he had already had two portions of chicken pie before and during the match!
Then it was back to Stortford for a sleepover before returning home the next day to the appropriately-named Pye Gardens, where he lives with mum Bridgette and sister Pippa, 8.