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Mersey soccer dream.

A TEAM of homeless footballers, including two from Liverpool , will take part in a world cup of their own this weekend.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson met members of England's team this week to wish them luck as they prepared for the Homeless World Cup which starts in Sweden tomorrow.

The eight players from across England were selected by Manchester United and The Big Issue in the North, and have been trained by United's football in the community coaches.

They include Tony Hincks, 24, and Alex Edwards, 17, who has recently found a home.

Sir Alex said: ``The lads have been training with our coaches in the run up to the event and are a professional and disciplined squad. ''

The team will play a series of 14-minute games against 30 other sides from countries including Spain, Portugal and Brazil in the week long tournament organised by the International Network of Street Papers.

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ON THE BALL: Tony Hincks, left, and Alex Edwards will play in the Homeless World Cup in Sweden tomorrow
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Date:Jul 23, 2004
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