A FOOTBALL fan has finally fulfilled his dream of playing for England – at the age of 80.

Rex Buttle feared never to play football again after a horrific injury in 1959.

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Footie fan Rex Buttle has finally fulfilled his dream of playing for England – aged 80Credit: ANDREW LLOYD
Rex feared he would never compete again after a horrific injury in 1959

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Rex feared he would never compete again after a horrific injury in 1959Credit: ANDREW LLOYD
Rex played in the 1-1 draw against Wales - for England's over-75s walking football team this week - pictured aged 17 with Sherborne Youth Club in 1958

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Rex played in the 1-1 draw against Wales – for England’s over-75s walking football team this week – pictured aged 17 with Sherborne Youth Club in 1958Credit: ANDREW LLOYD

But the retired taxi driver this week played in a 1-1 draw against Wales – for England’s 75-year-old Walking Football team.

Grandpa said: “I feel 10 meters taller, I couldn’t be more proud to play for England.

“I took away my football when I was 18 and thought my dream of playing for my country was over.”

Rex, of Dorchester, Dorset, sprained his vertebrae while playing for Yeovil FC, and was unable to walk for weeks.

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Later, the footballer volunteered to become a physical and equipment player at Weymouth FC and became a coach for children with disabilities.

He then got into walking football about six years ago and says it keeps him healthy as a game of movement.

And a lifetime’s dream was realized when he was invited to represent England at Merthyr Tydfil.

The national team competes in teams of six or seven and fights for up to 20 minutes each round.

Rex said: “In the England team, there are three of us who are 80 or older so I am definitely one of the older guys on the team.

“Most people think that walking football is just a bunch of old football shuffles but this team is pretty good. We may be old but we still have it. “

Walking Football Association executive director Paul Car said: “The sport has created memories for all of our players but especially with someone as senior as Rex.”

Mr Rex, center forward, said: 'In the England team there are three of us aged 80 or over so I'm definitely one of the older guys on the team'

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Mr Rex, center forward, said: ‘In the England team there are three of us aged 80 or over so I’m definitely one of the older guys on the team’
Rex said: 'I feel 10 meters taller, I couldn't be more proud to play for England'

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Rex said: ‘I feel 10 meters taller, I couldn’t be more proud to play for England’Credit: ANDREW LLOYD
Rex said: 'I took away my football when I was 18 and thought my dream of playing for my country was over'

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Rex said: ‘I took away my football when I was 18 and thought my dream of playing for my country was over’Credit: ANDREW LLOYD
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