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Monday 25 Apr 2022
Meet the Players: NI Cerebral Palsy squad - Jordan Walker

In the run-up to the Cerebral Palsy Football World Cup finals in Spain next month we are highlighting the players who will be competing for Northern Ireland at the International Federation of CP Football (IFCPF) tournament.

Name: Jordan Walker.

Age: 23.

Home city/town: Belfast.

How long have you been playing football? 11 years.

Which club do you play for? Orangefield Football Club.

Position? Midfielder. I am also the captain of the Northern Ireland CP team.

Any previous clubs? Dundela FC, Sirocco Works FC.

Favourite team/s? Liverpool, Rangers.

Favourite player/s – who inspires you? Barry Ferguson.

What’s the best goal you have scored? It was against Catalonia.

Do you play/like any other sports apart from football? Not really. I just enjoy football.

Who are the best team you have played against? Russia. They were a very strong outfit.

What’s the best pitch you have played on? It was at St George’s Park, the FA’s national training centre in Staffordshire.

What’s the best stadium you have visited? Ajax’s stadium in Amsterdam (Johan Cruyff Arena).

Who is the best player you have come up against? Jack Rutter, who captains England.

The CP World Cup finals are due to kick off in Salou on 1 May and will run until 16 May. Northern Ireland are currently ranked 20th in the world in the seven-a-side Cerebral Palsy game. It will be Northern Ireland’s third appearance at the IFCPF tournament. They finished in 14th place in England in 2015 and 11th in Argentina in 2017.

Jordan is among four players in the 11-strong Northern Ireland squad who have played in the previous two World Cups. The others are Jordan Cush, Ryan Walker and Charlie Fogarty.