STUART LANGWORTHY, father of the former Cirencester Town player Ross, has been named England manager for the newly-formed Over-60s walking football team.

Langworthy is an active player in the local Gloucestershire walking football leagues and turns out for successful side Abbeymead Rovers.

Langworthy’s deputy will be Chris Keirl, with Vic Vaines as coach.

The Walking Football Association (WFA) chiefs have also named the management teams for the Over-50s team with Paul Murtagh from Birmingham Walking Football Club taking charge.

Murtagh’s assistant is David Norton and David Castle takes on the role of first-team coach.

Langworthy, 56, said: “I am thrilled to be offered the role of manager for the England Over-60s walking football team.

“Having seen the impact the game has had on so many people, it is an absolute honour and privilege to be involved in the game at the national level and I hope that the squad we select will become ambassadors for the sport.”

The FA recently hosted a meeting with the WFA at St George’s Park. The two organisations met to outline their principal aims and objectives and to examine options for a more unified direction in the development of the game.

The WFA are planning to hold international matches and they have asked for nominations of potential team members to attend trial sessions after Christmas.